Last week, Congressional Democrats and President Trump announced major progress in forging a new North American trade deal, called the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement by President Trump. The USMCA includes some hard-fought changes such as greater environmental and labor protections and has so far gained approval from some of the staunchest opponents of the original NAFTA.
However, some Republican lawmakers reportedly feel the president conceded too much to House Democrats. And some big-tech critics are disappointed in expanded protections for the industry under the agreement.
Orignal Air date: Dec. 17, 2019, at 9 a.m.
- Ann Bartow, Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.
- Matthew Beck, Business Representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New Hampshire and Maine. He serves on the legislative committee of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.
- Oscar DeVlaminck, President of Sales and Marketing for Demanko Logistics, a national motor carrier business based in Londonderry.
- Jen Kirby, Foreign and National Security Reporter for VOX.
- Jim Roche, President of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, which represents more than 400 members in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, high technology, financial services, and health care.
As the New Hampshire Business Review reports, the USMCA has had widespread support among NH business leaders.
Read/listen to NHPR's three-part series, On the Line: Manufacturing in New Hampshire.