Grassley to Trump: End the Tariffs or We'll Kill Your NAFTA Rewrite

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Delaware's Farm Bureau says it supports President Trump's revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) delivers in an op-ed that ran in Sunday's Wall Street Journal. "These levies are a tax on Americans, and they jeopardize USMCA's prospects of passage in the Mexican Congress, Canadian Parliament and US Congress".

While Grassley praised the potential economic benefits of the USMCA, the Iowa Republican said that the metals tariffs and the retaliatory tariffs on USA goods put in place by Canada and Mexico are "a tax on Americans" and are harming the American economy.

In addition, Grassley warned that ratification of the USMCA in both the Canadian and Mexican legislatures would be much more hard with the tariffs in place.

The congressman also discussed tariffs with Acting Consul General of Canada Douglas George, who presented Rep. Womack with the Maple Leaf Export award, which recognized his home state district for exporting more than a quarter billion dollars in goods and services to Canada.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday urged the United States to ratify the countries' new trade agreement with Canada after Mexico passed labor reforms demanded by its partners.

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Bernie Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, on Monday released a set of proposals aimed at making trade agreements fairer, preventing the outsourcing of American jobs and reducing the trade deficit, as a debate over the U.S. -Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) continues in Congress. "It's time for the tariffs to go", he said, suggesting the Trump administration can take the lead by promptly lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico.

The deal faces a tough road ahead in a split U.S. Congress, as Democrats have repeatedly questioned the deal's enforceability, especially related to labor and environment protection.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that the House would not consider the new North American trade pact until after Mexico has passed and implemented its major labor law reforms.

"These firsthand insights will be important to informing policy ideas and moving the USMCA and other deals forward", said Rep. Womack on Friday.

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