Kaptur statement on signing of U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement by President Trump

November 30, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and longest-serving woman in Congress, today released the following statement after President Trump signed a new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada:

“The same week General Motors announced the idling of five U.S. facilities and cutting 15,000 living wage jobs, including in Lordstown, Ohio, President Trump has claimed premature victory as U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials signed a tentative replacement for NAFTA.

“This Administration’s rush to sign something, creates more uncertainty for working people who have long suffered under NAFTA. Congress will have the final say on trade but from where we stand today, President Trump’s campaign promises to working people and the reality of his NAFTA only reinforce this Administration’s standard: Say one thing, do another. 

“Globally, will we open closed markets of other nations? Will we equalize the negative impact of the value-added tax? Will tax policy stop favoring outsourcing?  Most importantly, will Trump’s NAFTA do more for outsourcing and corporate profits than it does for the American worker?

“Democrats look forward to hearings and oversight of how these questions will truly impact all Americans.

“The American people are not interested in staged production signing ceremonies, they want an agreement that will create good paying jobs in America and heal economic injustices suffered for the past three decades.”

***VIDEO***: Additionally, Kaptur spoke on the House floor last night regarding the signing today. Watch that speech here and reply to this e-mail if you need a high-definition download: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4763341/ahead-trump-signing-nafta-20-kaptur-calls-continental-trade-deal-lifts-workers