NAFTA

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he can provide as many as two-dozen Democratic votes if the Trump administration’s renegotiation of NAFTA includes the right protections for workers.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on yesterday’s trade meeting.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he believes NAFTA should be saved, despite comments by President Donald Trump suggesting the U.S. should withdraw fromthe trade deal.

Portman says there are areas where NAFTA could be improved but he believes it would be a “mistake” to terminate the trade agreement.             

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Negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, enter their sixth round this week. And some Ohio companies are worried the U.S. will follow through on the President's threat to withdraw from the nearly 25-year-old agreement. 

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman toured the GM Metal plant in Parma on Thursday, where here talked about issues ranging from updating the North American Free Trade Agreement to gun control and the first of President Trump’s executive orders to dismantle Obamacare.

The elephant in the room
While touring the plant, Portman wanted to talk about cutting corporate taxes. But he agreed that talks about dismantling NAFTA were the elephant in the room.

The Trump administration is to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement tomorrow and has the qualified support of Ohio Democrats like Congressman Tim Ryan. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, issues like transparency, labor rights and the environment may erode that support.

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