Kaptur calls Chamber of Commerce ‘out of touch with working people’ after NAFTA statement
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation, issued the following statement after news that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Washington based trade group representing American corporations, called proposals in NAFTA negotiations “dangerous.”
“We are a long way from a good deal for workers in the current state of NAFTA negotiations, but let’s call it like it is, the Chamber was never interested in a North American trade deal that puts workers and people above corporate interests,” said Kaptur. “Many of America’s biggest corporations are out of touch with working people, and the same can be said for their lobbyists at the Chamber. I will work with anyone to create a new trade paradigm that uplifts workers across our continent, but the Chamber’s threats are unproductive and do nothing to reduce our ballooning trade deficits or create jobs.”
Kaptur has been a leading voice for workers in Congress on trade. She has called for a tri-party Labor Secretariat to be part of a new deal and she recently authored an op-ed in The Guardian calling for President Trump to put workers first in NAFTA negotiations.