NAFTA Day on Capitol Hill


On Capitol Hill yesterday, there were signs of the increased stakes in the NAFTA talks: business and agricultural groups mounted a lobbying push targeting more than 250 House members, and the Ways and Means chairman seemed to say businesses have reason to worry, reported Politico.

At the White House, in the most visible and symbolic moment of the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President Donald Trump, who relishes being unpredictable…The current set of discussions is expected to be the most contentious yet, and business and agricultural groups prepared accordingly. Their lobbying effort, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was estimated to bring together more than 100 representatives of various groups—an “army,” as Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue phrased it—assembled to end the “roller-coaster ride” of uncertainty and to ensure that a reworked pact meets the needs of commerce in the 21st century market.

Among those sending foot soldiers to the effort included the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Foreign Trade Council, the Coalition of Services Industries, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council. NAWG’s Molly O’Connor also participated in lobbying efforts that took place. Read the Politico article here.