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(Neb)-Smith Worries Tariffs Will Hurt NAFTA Negotiations  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/07/2018 11:30 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith spent the end of last week in Mexico as part of the congressional delegation meeting with negotiators, government officials, and business leaders on efforts to update NAFTA...the North American Free Trade Agreement...between the U-S, Canada, and Mexico.

        While they were there, President Trump unveiled his plan for new tariffs on steel and alumninum, which Smith says complicated the negotiations because while China is the primary target, Canada and Mexico would also be hit by the tariffs even though they've "played by the rules." He hopes to see an exemption for both nations.

      Smith, who has tried for more than a year to make the president aware of how important NAFTA is to Nebraska, says imposing tariffs goes the opposite direction of recent U-S policy and his own personal feelings on trade.

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Agriculture is the leading export field for Nebraska and 45% of the state's ag exports go to Canada and Mexico.

    Smith says America should be looking to expand on the economic growth he expects from last year's tax reform package through opening more markets, not imposing additional restrictions on global trade. 


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