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·         Grassley: Ditch NAFTA if Democrats Hold Up USMCA

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley says he’ll advise President Trump to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement if Democrats try to reopen the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement…

 

·         Finance’s Grassley backs Trump on NAFTA, but not on tariffs

New Senate Finance Committee chairman reaffirms support for cheaper drugs from Canada

 

 

Grassley: Ditch NAFTA if Democrats Hold Up USMCA

 

By NAFB News Service

via Hoosier Ag Today - Jan 10, 2019

 

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley says he’ll advise President Trump to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement if Democrats try to reopen the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

 

The Iowa Senator says Democrats problems with the deal include enforcing environmental protections and labor standards. He says those issues can be dealt with through side letters without once again opening up the agreement.

 

“If we get to the point where we have to go back to the negotiating table, I will encourage the president to pull out of NAFTA and hope they (Democrats) are smart enough not to let that happen,” Grassley says. “How can you want to go back to an environment in which there are higher tariffs on our products going into Mexico than there is on Mexican products getting into our country?”

 

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Finance’s Grassley backs Trump on NAFTA, but not on tariffs

New Senate Finance Committee chairman reaffirms support for cheaper drugs from Canada

 

Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call

Jan 10, 2019

 

The new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said he would advise President Donald Trump to take a hard line with congressional Democrats if they push to renegotiate the proposed trade pact that would replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa has told reporters  that he would encourage Trump to begin a formal withdrawal from NAFTA if Democrats insist on renegotiating the pact’s replacement — the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

 

Democrats have said they are concerned with the new agreement’s labor and environmental provisions. Grassley said side letters to clarify positions or provide more details on what the provisions will actually do or other steps could be used to remedy shortcomings in the pact.

 

Grassley said the six-month withdrawal process would put pressure on Democrats to either back the proposed agreement or leave the U.S. without a regional trade agreement that supports $1.2 trillion in business a year.

 

“I don’t have any way of judging how hard-nosed certain Democrats that have said USMCA hasn’t done enough on labor or enough on environment. I’d want to sit down and talk to those Democrats and see what they have in mind,” Grassley said. “They surely can’t have in mind renegotiating.”

 

“If they’re reaching the point where you got to go back to the negotiating table, I would encourage the president to pull out of NAFTA and hope that they are smart enough not to let that happen,” Grassley added.

 

Trump signed off on the proposed agreement with Canada and Mexico on Nov. 30 but lawmakers can’t vote on it until the administration sends the implementing legislation to Congress.

 

NAFTA was one of several trade issues Grassley addressed during his first press briefing as chairman of the Finance Committee, which oversees trade, taxes and health care.

 

Grassley reaffirmed his long-standing support for importing lower-price drugs from Canada, and shortly after addressing reporters Wednesday, he unveiled a draft bill to do so.

 

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