CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said he is continuing to press for the best deal for Ohio workers as work to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues. The White House sent a formal letter to Congress today signaling its intention to sign a new NAFTA. But negotiations with Canada are ongoing. Under the rules of the formal notice, the White House cannot sign anything for at least 90 days, but talks can continue beyond 90 days. No text of any potential agreement has been made public yet. Public text of the agreement is required 60 days before the agreement is signed.
“I’m glad talks with Canada are continuing, and I hope we are able to secure a better deal for Ohio workers. But we still have a lot of work to do before anything is final,” said Brown, who has worked closely with United States Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer throughout the negotiations. “My number one priority is to stop Ohio jobs from moving overseas, and that’s what I will continue fighting for as negotiations with Canada continue.”
Brown voted against NAFTA and has worked closely with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to secure a better deal for Ohio workers. Brown spoke with Lighthizer shortly before a tentative agreement was reached with Mexico last week.