WASHINGTON, DC – In Case You Missed It, last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) penned a letter to the editor in response to the Washington Post’s article entitled, “Democrats should give Trump a win on his trade deal with Mexico and Canada.” In their response, Brown and DeLauro make it clear that any re-negotiated NAFTA deal should be centered on workers, which means strong, enforceable anti-outsourcing provisions in order to level the playing field so American workers can compete.
Read the lawmakers’ response here and below:
September 20, 2019
Regarding the Sept. 12 editorial “A deal Democrats should agree to”:
Renegotiating NAFTA is not about politics. It is about the livelihoods of American workers. We know what is at stake for them if we do not get it right. We will not ask them to settle for anything less than they deserve.
That means strong, enforceable anti-outsourcing provisions on labor and environment that will level the playing field so American workers can compete. Without them, U.S. jobs will continue flooding to Mexico, where a new labor law reform is still in question. Until Congress is confident that Mexico can uphold its end of the bargain, families will continue to suffer.
It also means not locking in higher drug prices. While President Trump claims he wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs, he provides giveaways to those corporations in his renegotiated NAFTA. Medicines are already breaking the bank for too many seniors and families, and we will not throw them under the bus just to cut a deal.
These are “substantive policy concerns,” and Democrats are working to fix them.
The editorial was right that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is an experienced negotiator, skilled at finding compromise. Is Mr. Trump? Democrats will continue providing solutions to protect American jobs and secure the best possible deal for American workers. If Mr. Trump were half the negotiator he claims to be, he would have no problem getting Mexico and Canada to cut that deal.
Sherrod Brown, Washington
The writer, a Democrat, represents Ohio in the U.S. Senate.
Rosa L. DeLauro, Washington
The writer, a Democrat, represents Connecticut in the U.S. House.