Conaway Praises Trump's Approach on NAFTA Reset
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mike Conaway (R-CD-11) praised the Trump Administration’s outline of introducing a tough negotiating strategy when revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Monday afternoon.
Conaway, who is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, lauded U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s newly-released NAFTA objectives detailing the administration’s plans to expand market opportunities and tighten enforcement of trade obligations to protect U.S. agriculture producers.
The 17-page document, said Lighthizer, contains the Trump administration’s plan to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by gaining more access to Canadian and Mexican markets. Both countries, in addition to the U.S., are signors to the 1994 NAFTA trade deal.
The plan will attempt to break barriers to U.S. agricultural exports, which Conaway has a vested interest. The plan promises to address ag subsidies and unfair pricing structures.
“As the administration looks to highlight American-made products this week, there is no better way to do so than by charting a path to economic advancement for America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters,” Conaway stated in a prepared press release. “The administration’s objectives for renegotiating NAFTA clearly demonstrate a commitment to protecting existing market access while outlining several ways to level the playing field.”
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the administration to achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture,” Conaway stated.