November 17, 1993 |
After years of discussion, the U.S. Congress today takes the first step toward deciding the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement. *The Basics: NAFTA would tie together the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico by creating a common trading zone stretching from the Yukon to the Yucatan. However, because the United States and Canada have enjoyed a free-trade arrangement since 1989, NAFTA primarily affects trade between the United States and Mexico and Mexico and Canada.
November 11, 1993 |
Tuesday night's debate between Vice President Al Gore and Texas billionaire Ross Perot threw off a lot of sparks that danced over the sensitive issues surrounding the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement. But amid the rhetoric and name calling, questions remain about how much light Gore and Perot managed to shed on the facts about the treaty, which would remove most trade barriers among the United States, Mexico and Canada.
November 5, 1993 |
Mixing pep talk--"American workers are the most productive in the world"--with scare talk--if America doesn't trade with Mexico, Japan will--President Clinton Thursday took his case for expanded trade on the road.
November 4, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration on Wednesday sent Congress legislation to implement the North American Free Trade Agreement after negotiating last-minute side deals with Mexico that supporters said should significantly enhance the pact's chances of congressional approval. While President Clinton conceded that he still lacks the votes to assure passage of the three-nation trade agreement, congressional allies predicted new support after the late-night agreement with Mexico on side deals to protect U.
November 1, 1993 |
Despite signs of new support in the House of Representatives, the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement hinges on two uncertain factors: a behind-the-scenes diplomatic struggle with Mexico and the insistence of the new Canadian leader that long-settled elements of the pact must be readdressed. Little more than two weeks before the House is scheduled to cast its pivotal vote on the trade pact with Mexico and Canada, the White House has launched what Sen. John B. Breaux (D-La.
October 19, 1993 |
While ruling out renegotiation of the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement, two top U.S. officials said here Monday that unspecified "clarifications" are being contemplated to reassure opponents in the United States. "We're not going to go back and renegotiate this treaty. That's not going to happen," said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), a strong NAFTA supporter who met here Sunday with Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
October 1, 1993 |
Breaking with his longtime labor allies, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) gave a boost Thursday to the Clinton Administration's uphill effort to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement by endorsing the controversial pact. Berman, who had been heavily lobbied by both sides, rejected labor leaders' contention that phasing out trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada over 10 years would send jobs flooding to Mexico.
October 1, 1993 |
Two weeks after President Clinton began a public push for the three-way trade agreement among the United States, Mexico and Canada, the public is deeply split on the issue, according to a Times Mirror poll released Thursday. Among those paying closest attention to the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, both support and opposition fell slightly, while indecision over the agreement mounted.
September 19, 1993 |
The surprising thing about the opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement is that it's so blatantly false--the Big Lie technique is being used, as former President Carter put it last week, "by a demagogue who is preying on the fears and the uncertainties of the American public."