Levin Offers Testimony at USITC Hearing on USMCA

Nov 15, 2018 Issues: Trade
Levin Offers Testimony at USITC Hearing on USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Sandy Levin (D-MI) testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this morning during its hearing on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The following is the summary of his remarks, as prepared. The complete remarks, as prepared, may be viewed on the Congressman’s website.


(Summary of Remarks, As Prepared)

The negative employment and wage effects of the current NAFTA arise from the failure to require real labor reform in Mexico. The result has been a fortification of very low wages in Mexico -- which has caused job loss and downward pressure on wages in the U.S. A new trade deal with Mexico must address this core problem directly and forcefully, which cannot occur by relying on changes to rules of origin, labor content rules, dispute settlement procedures or sunset clauses. A comprehensive ITC analysis of the USMCA is important to helping confront this fundamental issue. Failure to rectify the basic flaw in and the major source of controversy over NAFTA 25 years ago will jeopardize support from the new House Democratic majority.