Senators Stress Economic Benefits of NAFTA to New U.S. Trade Rep

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) this week led a letter from 18 senators to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing the positive economic impacts of NAFTA as the administration considers taking a fresh look at the trade agreement.

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) also signed the letter.

“Given that the agreement is more than two decades old, there are areas in which NAFTA will benefit from strengthening and modernization.  On the other hand, efforts to abandon the agreement or impose unnecessary restrictions on trade with our North American partners will have devastating economic consequences,” wrote the senators.
Full text of the letter is included below, and a signed copy is available here.

Information provided by a news release from the United States Senate.