From: The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Sent By:
brittany.lundberg@mail.house.gov

Date: 2/14/2017

Sign-on Deadline: Thursday (2/16)

Supported by:
AFL-CIO, Teamsters, United Steelworkers (USW), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Public Citizen, and Citizens Trade Campaign

 

Dear Colleague:

President Trump campaigned on the pledge of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) within his first 100 days of taking office, dubbing it, “the worst
trade deal in history.”

As of January 30th he has missed the deadline to give Congress the notice needed to initiate NAFTA renegotiations within his first 100 days, and he still has not provided
Congress any clear detail as to how he plans to secure a trade pact with Mexico and Canada which is truly, “much, much better,” for American workers.

While supporters of NAFTA promised it would improve circumstances for workers, businesses, and the U.S. economy, the reality has been very different.  The most “successful”
export over the last 20 years has been U.S. manufacturing jobs to low wage nations, undercutting the very foundation of our middle class.  NAFTA has resulted in over two decades of job loss, wage stagnation, and a U.S. trade deficit of $173 billion with Canada
and Mexico.

I invite you to join me in cosponsoring a resolution I will be introducing calling on Trump to uphold the promises that got him elected and to provide his Administration with
a framework for a new trade deal that will put a stop to the export of American jobs and eliminate failed trade policies which have undermined U.S. environmental, labor, and human rights values.

Specifically, my resolution would:

  • Require strong labor & environmental standards—and ensure they are enforced
  • Eliminate the dangerous ISDS provision that undermines U.S. sovereignty
  • End tribunals that undermine U.S. trade enforcement laws, such as NAFTA’s Chapter 19
  • Add strict, enforceable disciplines to fight against currency manipulation
  • Require strong rules of origin on cars, auto parts, and other manufactured goods
  • Eliminate procurement provisions that undermine Buy America
  • Require imports and foreign companies operating in the U.S. to adhere to U.S. laws
  • Help lower the cost of prescription drugs
  • Require foreign operators to comply with U.S. transportation laws
  • Protect U.S. energy policy

My resolution will call on President Trump to begin negotiations on a NAFTA replacement by June 1, 2017 and will impose a deadline for these negotiations to be completed within
one year with all of the above provisions agreed to by Mexico, Canada, and the U.S
.  If President Trump can’t secure a satisfactory replacement agreement within
this timeframe, he should consider withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA, as he promised during his campaign.

If you are interested in joining please contact Brittany Lundberg in my office at:
brittany.lundberg@mail.house.gov, or 5-6416. 

Sincerely,

 

Peter DeFazio

Member of Congress