Hartzler: Preliminary NAFTA Deal with Mexico Positive for Missouri Farmers
MISSOURI – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today issued a statement following the White House’s announcement that it reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations.
“Today’s announcement of a preliminary bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico signifies progress and improved trade relationships with a key trading partner,” said Hartzler, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. “I appreciate the Mexican government’s good faith efforts, and I am optimistic that progress with our Canadian trading partners will follow. Mexico and Canada are our top two trading partners, and modernizing NAFTA is incredibly important for Missouri farmers, consumers, and businesses,” added Hartzler, who has discussed with President Trump and his cabinet the need to finalize outstanding trade negotiations and resolve bilateral trade disputes with our trading partners.
“Free trade is key to a healthy economy, but trade must be fair. I am cautiously optimistic that we can finalize NAFTA text this fall to allow members of Congress time to vet it and vote before the end of the year. Missouri farmers need the certainty of trade deals that maximize the opportunity to get their product into the hands of the world’s consumers at a fair price as soon as possible.”
“I look forward to thoroughly reviewing this preliminary deal to ensure it is good for the American farmer before casting a final vote,” added Hartzler.
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