Democratic trade critics from both parties today said they have a firm commitment from the now-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama that he’ll reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement if he wins in November.
“I think that’s a pretty good sign that he’ll oppose Colombia, that he’s not going to push Colombia,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), referring to a controversial trade agreement between the United States and that country that is currently stalled.
The comments came at a press conference on new legislation sponsored by Brown, Rep. Michael H. Michaud (D-Maine) and other congressional trade skeptics that would require the president to review all existing trade agreements and renegotiate those that do not meet standards set forth in the bill. The president could negotiate no new trade agreements until the process was finished, putting in place a moratorium that would likely last for two years or so.
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