February 02,2017

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Hatch Statement on White House Trade Meeting

Bipartisan Leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means Committees Discuss the Modernization of NAFTA and How to Advance American Trade Priorities with President Trump

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting today at the White House with President Trump and the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees regarding the Trump Administration’s interest in modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico and advancing a strong bilateral trade agenda on behalf of the American people, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement:

“I appreciate President Trump’s focus on advancing a strong trade agenda on behalf of the American people, including ideas to modernize NAFTA. NAFTA has served as a strong anchor for our markets in the northern hemisphere and helped to expand trade opportunities for American products, goods, and services.  Given that the trade pact is now more than two decades old, a re-examination of the agreement to ensure it remains the best possible deal for American workers and entrepreneurs in the 21st century global economy makes sense. Ultimately, major shifts in policy are decisions that should be made with the consultation of Congress which, under the U.S. Constitution, has authority over tariffs. To that end, I appreciated the opportunity to talk with President Trump and discuss the path forward on our trade agenda.”