Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Invites International Trade Stakeholders to Provide Input for NAFTA Renegotiation

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WASHINGTON, May 31, 2017 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments
 Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) is notifying trade stakeholders in his district to participate in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by providing input to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer.

On May 18, the Trade Representative sent Congress a notification letter explaining the Administration’s plans to renegotiate NAFTA with our partners Mexico and Canada.

“South Texas is a world competitor for international trade,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Trade is the backbone of our local economies and has allowed us to develop and have a better quality of life for our citizens. Much of this has to do with the initiation of the NAFTA agreement over 20 years ago. The United States has already done most of the work in coming up with a modern trade deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and I believe NAFTA 2.0 can be modeled with this in mind.”

The USTR is accepting written input through their Web site until Monday, June 12.

A public hearing will also be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Main Hearing Room of the United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must provide written notification and a summary of his/her testimony by June 12.

Attached, please find the USTR’s notification to Congress regarding NAFTA and document comparing the draft letter on NAFTA directly to the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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