Cornyn Statement on Start of NAFTA Renegotiations
by John Cornyn on August 17, 2017 at 9:52 AM
Today’s modern economy looks very different than it did more than two decades ago when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has been a major economic driver for Texas, but there’s still a need to modernize this agreement to reflect the diversity of today’s economy. As we begin that process, it is important to look at states like Texas whose success with cross-border trade and commerce should serve as a model for growing the partnership between our three countries.
I will continue to work with the Administration to ensure any new agreement is in the best interest of the Texans whose livelihoods depend on free and fair trade across our borders.
During the 90-day consultation period with Congress and the public, I sent a letter to Ambassador Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, underscoring the importance of agricultural trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. I have also written several op-eds, outlining my priorities for the state of Texas during the negotiating period which can be found here, here, and here.