North American Free Trade Agreement

Rep. Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, spoke to reporters on the North American Free Trade Agreement and… read more

Rep. Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, spoke to reporters on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the extension of fast-track authority for trade legislation. Sen. Bentsen and Rep. Rostenkowski had asked the president to respond to a number of concerns they had over the North American Free Trade Agreement, mostly centering around the loss of American jobs and the possible exploitation of Mexican workers and pollution of the environment by U.S. industries manufacturing in Mexico. Earlier in the day, President Bush and Trade Rep. Carla Hills both responded to their concerns, saying steps would be taken during negotiations to avoid the evasion of U.S. industrial regulations by U.S. industries in Mexico. Rep. Rostenkowski said their response was comprehensive and compelling, and endorsed the extension of fast-track authority for the president. Fast-track trade authority would allow the president to submit legislation to Congress that would have to be considered and voted upon within a certain time limit, and Congress would be prohibited from amending the pertinent legislation. close

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North American Free Trade Agreement

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Program ID:
17787-1
Category:
News Conference
Format:
Congressional News Conference
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 1, 1991
Last Aired:
May 2, 1991

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  • May 01, 1991 | 11:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 02, 1991 | 2:09am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 02, 1991 | 7:45am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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