WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to sign a new NAFTA deal this year:
“For more than two decades, American jobs and American workers have suffered because of major imbalances in NAFTA. Our middle class desperately needs a better deal. However, the devil is in the details.
“Reportedly, this potential deal does include some positive steps, such as a more level playing field for auto manufacturing and an overdue reining-in of unaccountable corporate tribunals. However, the most essential component to create a level playing field is to have stronger environmental and labor standards, and—critically—for those standards to actually be enforceable. Right now, the reported enforcement deal in this agreement is insufficient. As this framework gets closer to potentially becoming a reality, we need full transparency and a fierce fight to strengthen these provisions that are key to the future of America’s middle class.”