STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI
OPPOSING UNITED STATES -MEXICO-CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT
TO DEFEND AMERICAN WORKERS
NAFTA 2.0 Fails to Protect Skilled Manufacturing Jobs
NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a
First-person statement by
Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
WASHINGTON, DC – “Today, I voted to defend millions of skilled manufacturing jobs by opposing the inadequate and highly disappointing United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
Just like the original NAFTA, which was a slap in the face to working Americans, NAFTA 2.0 is a deeply-flawed agreement that fails to protect key skilled manufacturing sectors like aerospace and automobiles from even more foreign outsourcing of good jobs.
Manufacturing jobs have been flowing out of this country for more than 25-years. Instead of improving job security for working Americans, USMCA does very little to stem this tide of good jobs and talent leaving our country.
USMCA also fails to require sufficiently tougher standards for environmental protection, workplace rights, effective enforcement and stronger rules for content origin.
NAFTA 2.0 fails to provide the improvements that we were promised, including: Raising labor standards to livable wages in all signatory nations; guaranteeing the Right to Organize; and protecting human rights.
This is a bad deal for American workers and for their counterparts in Mexico and Canada.
We can and we must do more to protect American jobs and to lift up the lives of workers across North America as well.”