12/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2019 16:04
WASHINGTON-Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement on the announcement of the new North American trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada (USMCA):
'I have spent my career fighting on behalf of the American worker, and as a result have voted against every so-called free trade deal proposed to Congress over the past twenty-five years-deals that have prioritized profits over people and inflicted harm on workers' rights, consumer safety, and the environment. The USMCA deal will require careful scrutiny to ensure that it truly is a pro-American worker, pro-environment trade deal for the 21st century, not just a repackaging of NAFTA's same failed trade policies.
'I will study the text carefully to ensure that the agreement contains revised labor standards and protections for workers and the environment, as well as strict enforcement mechanisms to ensure those protections are carried out.'