Sewell named to trade task force

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On Monday, U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, named U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-AL, to the House Democrats’ Trade Working Group, a task force that will be charged with negotiating improvements to the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, also known as the USMCA.

The trade agreement, which has been signed but not ratified, is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Sewell is one of nine House Democrats to be appointed to the task force.

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“The task force has a lot of work ahead of it, however, I am optimistic that we can work with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to ensure the new trade agreement grows the American economy, protects workers and strengthens our relationships with our neighbors,” Sewell said in a press release.

Sewell, a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee, will collaborate with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, to improve enforcement capabilities in the trade agreement.

Other representatives will tackle issues related to drug pricing, labor issues environmental issues and more.

Sewell stated that she was “honored” to have been named to the task force charged with “making tangible improvements” to the nation’s new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.