NAFTA

President Clinton signs NAFTA
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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to meet with President Trump’s trade representative tomorrow to talk about the starting points for the U.S. renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Congressman Tim Ryan
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At least one Ohio Democrat is skeptical of President Trump’s outline of how he wants to renegotiate NAFTA.  

Congressman Tim Ryan – a Youngstown-area Democrat -- also been pushing for improvements to the North American Free Trade Agreement. But he says 25 years of trade has cemented complex supply and other relationships, and that’s why he wanted to see details on what the Trump administration hopes to accomplish. So far, he says, all he’s seen are vague generalities.

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President Trump’s trade office is preparing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. This would be the first time it’s been revisited since it took effect in 1992. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Matthew Richmond reports that the possibility for major revisions could affect at least one major Ohio industry.

Nearly 140 speakers signed up to appear at a recent three-day public hearing in Washington. An online commenting site received 12,000 submissions.

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Renegotiating NAFTA was a big selling point for Donald Trump with Ohio voters, and likely represents his best chance of getting Ohio Democratic support in Congress. 

The Trump administration has officially notified Congress that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement but is being vague about what changes will be negotiated. The notice came from Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade represenative and Ashtabula native.

SHERROD BROWN
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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he remains hopeful he and President Trump can work together to renegotiate trade agreements. He says he and Trump have talked by phone about “Buy American” priorities, and he’s had repeated meetings with Trump’s economic and trade representatives to discuss revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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