ND delegation responds to NAFTA status

WASHINGTON – North Dakota’s congressional delegation responded Monday to the president’s announcement of a preliminary agreement with Mexico on central aspects of a North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Today’s announcement of a preliminary trade agreement with Mexico gives optimism for Americans. It is one more step in the momentum President Trump has created for better trade agreements with many nations around the world,” Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-ND, said.

“Putting an end to the uncertainty caused by the NAFTA renegotiation is critical for North Dakota’s economy, so any progress toward a deal is welcome news,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, said. “As North Dakota’s top trading partner, Canada’s inclusion in the final deal is key to protecting jobs, farmers, and local economies in our state. For North Dakota to succeed, Canada must be part of any deal. The administration should work to resolve the remaining issues with Canada and Mexico and meet the stated goal of announcing the framework of a final agreement by the end of the week.”

“What we’ve said all along is that we need better trade deals that ensure our farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and all American industries receive free and fair access to international markets,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, said. “We appreciate the administration’s continued progress on NAFTA, and today’s agreement is an important milestone. This will put pressure on Canada to come to the negotiating table and hammer out a final deal this fall. We will continue urging the administration to finish these negotiations as soon as possible and, at the same time, we are providing temporary support to help our farmers and ranchers weather the challenge of retaliatory tariffs.”