CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised progress as Canada, Mexico, and the United States took the first step in announcing an agreement to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Brown said he will carefully review the text and his top priority is stopping Ohio jobs from being sent to Mexico. 

While the Administration released text of the agreement late Sunday, it will be at least 60 days before any final deal can be signed by President Trump and leaders from Canada and Mexico. And several additional steps must take place after that before any votes take place in Congress and a final deal can be implemented. For example, Congress and the White House also still have to write what’s called ‘implementing legislation,’ which can have an impact on how the agreement works for Ohio, and Brown will continue working with the administration closely to secure the best deal for Ohio. And Mexico must also pass laws to uphold its own commitments in the agreement.

A timeline of steps the U.S. must take before implementation is available online here.

“This is an important first step forward, and I’m glad all three countries worked together to reach an agreement,” said Brown, who has worked closely with United States Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer throughout the negotiations and met with the Lighthizer last week. “My number one priority is to stop Ohio jobs from moving overseas, and that’s what I’ll be looking for as I carefully review the text. We still have more work ahead of us before anything is final, and I will continue working with the Administration as we craft legislation needed to implement an updated NAFTA.”