Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the announcement of a new trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico:
"We are pleased to see the renegotiated NAFTA deal includes, as it should, one of our greatest allies and trading partners, Canada. The NAFTA of 1994, was a bad deal, leading to American job loss, that lacked the enforcement measures necessary to hold partners accountable and was in desperate in need of fixing. We are continuing to review the details of this new agreement to see if it meets the test of protecting American workers."
Established in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an arrangement between the United States, Canada & Mexico addressing trade issues between the three nations. In July of 2017 the Administration sent Congress a plan to renegotiate NAFTA. A new negotiated preliminary agreement between the three countries, renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), was recently announced.
Congressman Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, traveled to Montreal, Canada in January 2018 for round six of NAFTA discussions and was outspoken in committee discussions about the need for a new agreement to include enforcement measures that address worker protections and the environment. Higgins' Western New York district shares a border with Southern Ontario.