Neal Statement After Meeting with President Trump and Congressional Trade Leaders

Feb 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today released the following statement after a meeting at the White House with President Donald J. Trump and the leaders of the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees:

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with President Trump today and discuss the future of our country’s trade policy, including his ideas about a renegotiation of NAFTA. It’s important to note that most House Democrats voted against NAFTA in the first place. I look forward to working with the President, my congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and with stakeholders to determine what a NAFTA renegotiation should look like. But there can be no doubt that the American public expects our negotiators to insist that Mexico end the abusive labor and environmental practices that have put the United States at a competitive disadvantage, cost American workers their jobs, and reduced their paychecks. All future trade agreements must include strong and enforceable rules to address currency manipulation, as well as labor and environmental provisions, consistent with the May 10 Agreement of 2007.”