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house Bill H. Res. 132

Should NAFTA be Renegotiated On Better Terms for the U.S.?

Argument in favor

NAFTA has disadvantaged American workers, and unless the U.S. can renegotiate the deal with Canada and Mexico on more favorable terms it should give serious consideration to leaving the trade partnership.

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04/27/2017
Negotiated, but not withdrawn and don't threaten our neighbors either.
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Heather's Opinion
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04/28/2017
Better terms or break free. America first!
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Bob's Opinion
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04/27/2017
If a fair deal cannot be reached we should withdraw, our country has suffered jobs and security for too long under this and we need it fixed or leave!
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Argument opposed

NAFTA isn’t perfect, and good could come of renegotiating it on more favorable terms for American workers, but threatening to abandon NAFTA altogether makes a new deal with Canada and Mexico less likely.

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04/28/2017
I don't want this president getting any more authority to change anything. The Russia investigation needs to be completed! The evidence against members of his cabinet, his family and himself seems to grow each day. None of them should be allowed to be involved in our government until this is clearer up. If we find out that the evidence proves they broke the law and colluded with a foreign government do we get to undo everything they did?
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David's Opinion
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04/27/2017
On face value this bill looks good, but having a clause stating that we would pull out of the current one if we can not get everything listed on this one is telling our allies that it is our way or the highway. That will turn our allies into enemies.
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Kathleen's Opinion
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04/28/2017
I don't trust the Trump administration to make a better deal. I think we are good with what we have.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Trade
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017

What is House Bill H. Res. 132?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that the president should start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by June 1, 2017 and outline what a replacement trade agreement should look like. It would also request that the president renegotiate in a transparent manner and consider leaving NAFTA if all the provisions outlined for a new trade deal aren’t included in the core text of the new agreement with Canada and Mexico within one year of starting renegotiation.

The resolution requests that a new trade agreement:

  • Include strong, binding, and enforceable labor and environmental standards.

  • Not include protections for foreign investors; or undermine Buy America, Buy Local, or other standards for government procurement.

  • Require all imported goods and services to comply with U.S. laws.

  • Prevent foreign governments from using currency manipulation to undercut U.S. exports or subsidize through automatic corrective action.

  • Require imported food and products meet U.S. safety, inspection, and labeling requirements including country-of-origin labeling requirements.

  • Not require access to U.S. roads from vehicles domiciled in other countries.

As a simple resolution, this legislation would only be considered by the House and wouldn’t have the force of law, instead serving as collective statement by the chamber.

Impact

The American economy and the workers and businesses that make it up; Canada and Mexico; Congress; and the President.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 132

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced this resolution to lay out the principles that must be included in any NAFTA replacement, which he called “disastrous.” DeFazio added:

“For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, we have an opportunity to replace NAFTA and build a fair trade policy that works for all Americans. After working with labor stakeholders and fair trade advocates, we have come up with principles that will serve as the foundation of a sustainable trade policy that will bring jobs back to the U.S. while protecting America’s environment, workers, consumers, and sovereignty.”

This legislation has the support of 20 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: TheMexicanGentleman via Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Official Title

Calling on the President to initiate renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and further calling on the President to consider withdrawing the United States from NAFTA if the renegotiations are not satisfactorily completed within one year.

    Negotiated, but not withdrawn and don't threaten our neighbors either.
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    I don't want this president getting any more authority to change anything. The Russia investigation needs to be completed! The evidence against members of his cabinet, his family and himself seems to grow each day. None of them should be allowed to be involved in our government until this is clearer up. If we find out that the evidence proves they broke the law and colluded with a foreign government do we get to undo everything they did?
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    On face value this bill looks good, but having a clause stating that we would pull out of the current one if we can not get everything listed on this one is telling our allies that it is our way or the highway. That will turn our allies into enemies.
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    I know the President wants to try and renegotiate, if he does, I hope it benefits us! No more free trade if it weakens our sovereignty!
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    Better terms or break free. America first!
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    If a fair deal cannot be reached we should withdraw, our country has suffered jobs and security for too long under this and we need it fixed or leave!
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    Erase NAFTA altogether and replace it with true free trade. No tariffs, taxes, or fees charged on any goods crossing any borders.
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    I don't trust the Trump administration to make a better deal. I think we are good with what we have.
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    Negotiations yes not withdrawal
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    The current administration seems unable to negotiate resolutions within our own country. I do not have confidence in this administration to successfully negotiate trade agreements at this time. I recommend holding on this resolution until confidence can be restored or a new administration is voted in.
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    I don't trust the #45 administration to do anything!
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    Not this president. Screwed up so many things already
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    Renegotiate, but no withdrawal of membership or threats to neighbors
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    It's amazing that all I read about on here is a Liberal Ideology over flat out common sense.. it is so sad..
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    The world changes and our treaties should change with it, same as the Constitution. However, it needs to be done in a thoughtful and cooperative way.
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    I think imternational deals should be renegotiated at more regular intervals in general
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    Not until our administration has been investigated.
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    Don't withdraw, don't threaten our neighbors. So say we all!
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    It needs tweaked but I don't trust this Admin to not make things worse. Plus threatening to void it makes it worse.
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    NAFTA is an agreement made over 20 years ago when AOL was a revolutionary company and the internet was in its infancy. If the Trump Administration focuses on updating the agreement to the mutual benefit of all 3 countries while bringing the agreement up to date with the new reality that the internet presents our economy with, I will support his efforts. If, however, he turns this into a gambit to try to isolate the US from our neighbors through tariffs and walls, I will change my vote.
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