Clock Running Out on NAFTA


In April, the Administration announced that it intended to conclude renegotiating the NAFTA agreement on May 1.  This date has passed without a clear indication of unanimity among the three nations.


House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has placed a deadline of May 17th to submit a final draft of the North America Free Trade Agreement if Congress is to vote on the modified version in 2018.


Ryan noted, “Time is of the essence because Trade Promotion Authority provides for fast tracking passage of the trade agreement by putting the deal to an up-or-down vote without any amendments.”  He Added, “We have to have the paper from the U.S. Trade Representative by May 17th for us to vote on it this year.”

Ambassador Robert Lighthizer