November 20,2017

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Wyden Statement on USTR Releasing Updated NAFTA Negotiating Summaries

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative today released updated summaries of its negotiating goals for the North American Free Trade Agreement. The move comes after Sen. Wyden placed a hold on future USTR nominees until the summaries were updated, as required by the 2015 Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

Sen. Wyden issued the following statement:

“The American people should not have to rely on anonymous leaks to the media in order to know what their government is purportedly seeking on its behalf, so I am glad the U.S. Trade Representative’s office has finally updated its public summary of its objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation as required by the provision I secured in a 2015 law.  These public summaries are critical to provide a window into the process so that the public - and their representatives in Congress - can provide relevant input into the talks.  

“The American public is rightfully skeptical of trade negotiations conducted in the dark. The administration needs to continue to provide the public with more information about its goals, and to listen to stakeholders about what a successful trade policy should look like.”