December 19, 2019

Cárdenas Statement on Opposing NAFTA 2.0

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Tony Cárdenas  (CA-29) releases the following statement on his vote against the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“Today, I voted against NAFTA 2.0 because I do not believe it was a fair deal for American workers. While I do appreciate the efforts of my Democratic colleagues to fix the problems of the original NAFTA deal, this new trade agreement does not go far enough in protecting American workers and raising American wages, and it does not meet the environmental standards of a trade deal in the 21st century. Additionally, there was not a single mention of climate change in the text of the bill. As Democrats who are unified in our commitment to combat the growing climate crisis, it is unfortunate the final text of the bill omitted any mention of climate change. I am a strong supporter of free and fair trade, and should we make a trade deal that includes strong labor protections and meaningful environmental standards, I will be the first to sign.”