North American Free Trade Agreement

President Bush spoke during the annual meeting of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers on the North American Free Trade… read more

President Bush spoke during the annual meeting of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Such an agreement would create a North American free trade zone with lowered or eliminated tariffs between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Bush administration has maintained fast-track legislative authority is necessary to conduct trade negotiations toward such an agreement; fast-track authority would mandate that Congress consider the trade legislation within a certain period of time and Congress would be prohibited from amending the legislation. In his remarks, President Bush said steps would be taken to consider the possible negative outcomes of a North American Free Trade Agreement. Critics have charged that U.S. companies, lured to manufacture products in Mexico because of the cheaper labor, would exploit workers through poor conditions and wages and pollute the environment with unregulated industrial waste. He also said the U.S. must undertake economic growth policies to leave the recession, including restricting government spending, reducing the capital gains tax, and reducing regulation. Following his speech, President Bush answered questions from members of the audience concerning U.S. economic policies. close

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North American Free Trade Agreement

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Program ID:
17785-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Remarks
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 1, 1991
Last Aired:
May 5, 1991

Airing Details

  • May 01, 1991 | 9:40pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 02, 1991 | 12:44am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 02, 1991 | 7:15am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 05, 1991 | 5:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 05, 1991 | 10:20am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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