Response to Notification of NAFTA Renegotiation
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) responds to the notification (attached) from the Trump administration that they intend to open trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico:
“Today, the administration indicated their intent to open North American trade negotiations. I am glad to see they finally agree with me that the best path forward is to update NAFTA, not dismantle it.
NAFTA has been a big success for Texas and the entire United States. Trade from NAFTA supports more than 1.5 million Texas jobs.
I hope the administration plans to negotiate in good faith with our friends Canada and Mexico. We have an opportunity to bring the deal into the 21st century by looking at the work we did for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Throughout my time in Congress, I have been listening to business leaders and entrepreneurs on both sides of the border. I meet with the officials that manage our ports of entry, like in my home town of Laredo, to learn their needs and concerns. I have worked across the aisle with Republican colleagues like Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Kevin Brady, to defend NAFTA and prepare for a renegotiation.
If the Trump administration is sincere, I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and work with them, to forge a deal that boosts American jobs.”