May 18, 2017

Manchin Pleased Trump Intends to Renegotiate NAFTA

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the letter President Trump sent to Congress notifying lawmakers of his intention to open trade talks with Canada and Mexico with the intention of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“I’m pleased President Trump is moving forward with efforts to renegotiate NAFTA. In our state alone, more than 30,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs have been lost as a result of NAFTA. Even after NAFTA, Mexico’s minimum wage hasn’t risen above a dollar. I cannot support policies that continue to force our workers to compete with foreign workers making less than a dollar an hour. During my time in the Senate I have voted against every trade deal because I know the devastating impacts they have on West Virginia. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create trade deals that support hard-working Americans.”