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Linda Sánchez Statement on NAFTA Renegotiation Notice


Date: May 18, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement on the Trump administration's formal NAFTA renegotiation notice:

"After more than two decades of failed trade policy under the NAFTA model, renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is long overdue. Donald Trump promised to craft a 21st century trade policy that benefits America's working families and help create jobs here at home. Now is his opportunity to deliver.

"Trade is important and necessary for U.S. workers. But trade agreements that stack the deck against American workers and incentivize U.S. businesses to ship jobs overseas is not a viable model for our economic future. I believe that economic growth and American job creation are not mutually exclusive. We can craft a trade agreement that ensures our economy remains competitive in the 21st century while also protecting labor rights and the jobs of hard working Americans.

"As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I urge the President, the Commerce Secretary, and the U.S. Trade Representative, to work closely with Congress throughout the NAFTA renegotiation process. As the people's elected representatives, Congress must ensure that a new agreement meets the goals of helping working families, growing our economy, and protects American workers. Now is our chance to create a 21st century free trade model that benefits all Americans."