Ways and Means Democrats Demand Chairman Brady Hold NAFTA Renegotiation Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) led a letter to Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) from all 16 Democrats on the committee, calling for a hearing with the Trump Administration on the NAFTA renegotiation. Citing reports that the agreement’s renegotiation could conclude in the coming weeks, the Democrats requested an opportunity to examine the Administration’s progress and conduct the necessary oversight of the Administration’s efforts.
“More than 25 years ago, during the original NAFTA negotiations, this Committee brought forward United States Trade Representatives, Secretaries of Labor, and Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency to testify multiple times,” wrote the members. “Yet the Ways and Means Committee has not, to date, convened a single hearing dedicated to the renegotiation of NAFTA with Administration witnesses.”
The Trump Administration formally initiated the NAFTA renegotiation in August 2017 and is seeking its imminent conclusion. In February, committee Democrats led by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., Ranking Member of the Trade Subcommittee, sent a letter to Trade Subcommittee Chairman Reichert requesting a NAFTA renegotiation hearing with the Trump Administration. This followed a private letter that Rep. Pascrell sent to Trade Subcommittee Chairman Reichert requesting a hearing on NAFTA in October 2017.
“It is high time for the Committee to exercise its Congressional duties as the Committee of jurisdiction over reciprocal trade agreements,” the members added. “As members of the Committee on Ways and Means, we urge you to convene a hearing with the Administration on the NAFTA renegotiation as soon as possible.”
Full text of the letter is available HERE.