Press Release

Cuellar Issues Statement on USTR's NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2017 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639)

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has issued the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its objectives for negotiating NAFTA:

“My colleagues from Texas and I understand the importance of NAFTA for our state. We want to work with the Administration in a bipartisan way to make sure we build upon the success of NAFTA and modernize it for the 21st Century. That’s why I met with both United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray last week to discuss how to improve NAFTA in order to provide more opportunities for business, trade and jobs for Americans. While I still have some reservations, the objectives released today by the USTR are a sign that the Administration and Ambassador Lighthizer are listening to the concerns about policy and rhetoric. I will work with Ambassador Lighthizer to continue this progress as we move towards negotiations. Texas competes on a global scale with competitive countries and I will continue to do all that I can to make sure we get the best deal for my constituents from this renegotiation.”