Larson Pushes Lighthizer for Strong and Enforceable Environmental Provisions in USMCA Emphasizes the Need to Address Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – During yesterday’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the 2019 Trade Agenda with United States Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) pushed for assurances that the renegotiated NAFTA agreement, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), contains strong and enforceable environmental provisions - including on climate. Larson was appointed to the House Democrats’ Trade Task Force by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and will focus on environmental issues.
“In this day in age, despite what the Administration might say, climate change is one biggest threats we face. Our nation has seen first-hand the affects climate change is having around the country, from the wildfires in California to the hurricanes that have hit Puerto Rico and Florida. In any trade agreement, environmental standards cannot be a sidebar, as they are under the current NAFTA. The environment must be front and center – including addressing climate change – if the newly negotiated agreement is to make sufficient progress. As a member of the USMSA Task Force, this agreement must have strong and enforceable environmental standards if it is to gain my support,” said Larson.