April 11, 2018

Senator on NAFTA: Don’t Forget Dairy

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

While rumors swirl about negotiations for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), one Senator is concerned the dairy industry isn’t getting the attention he says it deserves.

On Monday, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer insisting dairy issues with Canada be remedied before the agreement is finalized. He says in any trade agreement negotiators must fight to “maintain and expand” market access for America’s farmers.

"American dairy producers have faced both falling prices and unfair Canadian policies that are undermining their ability to sell into the Canadian market," Bennet wrote. "Less than a year ago, President Trump went to Wisconsin and promised - in clear, unambiguous terms - that he would correct these unfair practices. I urge you not to miss this opportunity to support American agricultural exports, particularly for the American dairy industry as it faces a precarious moment."

According to Reuters, an initial NAFTA deal could be reached as early as next week.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot says an agreement on the multi-billion dollar trade deal will come soon and will be an improvement for the U.S.

"There were tensions early. But there's been great work that's been accomplished,” he said Monday on CNBC. “It looks like we will cross the goal line in a way to make NAFTA even better."

Read Bennet’s full letter here.