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Trump Tells Farmers He Wants a Better NAFTA
January 8, 2018

President Donald Trump told a gathering of farmers Monday that he is seeking a better trade deal with Canada and Mexico that will benefit both the agricultural industry and manufacturing, but he didn’t reiterate previous warnings on withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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North America’s Automakers Try to Sway U.S. on Rules of Origin
December 20, 2017

Mexican, Canadian and U.S. automakers are trying to dissuade the U.S. government from changing the rules of origin contained in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a Mexican industry leader said on Tuesday.

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NAFTA is Not a ‘Job Killer’ for Michigan, Says Right Place President
December 14, 2017

Birgit Klohs, president of The Right Place Inc., says the 23-year-old trade agreement has been good for Michigan and any attempts to get rid of it could result in a costly trade war.

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‘Worker Bee’ Round of NAFTA Talks to Focus on Easier Chapters
December 8, 2017

NAFTA trade negotiators convene in Washington next week for a limited round of talks unlikely to move the needle on major sticking points, but aimed at demonstrating some progress toward closing easier chapters

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Trudeau Steps Up on Trade for Canada, as America Under Trump Pulls Back
December 3, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Beijing on Sunday, with expanding trade with China at the top of his agenda. As the United States under President Trump becomes increasingly protectionist, Canada is moving in the opposite direction… Even industry groups that were critical of some provisions of the proposed deal are now concerned about the United States’ absence from it. John Bozzella, the chief executive of Global Automakers, an industry association, said a revived TPP, along with other deals, would put Canada and Mexico on “a path forward.” He added: “I think the path forward for the United States in terms of continuing to find markets for our exports is less certain.”

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Automakers Meet with Pence on NAFTA
November 28, 2017

Automakers pressed Vice President Mike Pence in a meeting on Monday "on their concerns about the Trump administration's proposed changes to NAFTA auto trade rules, which a study estimated could cost up to 24,000 jobs in the U.S. auto-parts sector by making cars more expensive to produce in the United States," POLITICO's Doug Palmer reports. "'We appreciate Vice President Pence taking the time to meet us and for the opportunity to continue our discussions with the Trump administration about the future of NAFTA and the U.S. auto industry,' Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, said in a statement."

Why Trump Has U.S. Car Companies Worried About NAFTA
November 28, 2017

Trump's trade negotiators are proposing a major change to NAFTA, the trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, that worries U.S. car companies… Industry representatives met with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday. After thanking Pence for his time and applauding the "modernization" of NAFTA, Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council ended his statement saying, "we also appreciate the opportunity to directly address the industry's concerns with the administration's rule of origin proposal."

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Pence Meets with Automakers Annoyed by NAFTA Changes
November 28, 2017

The automotive industry is wary of any changes that might be made in regard to the North American Free Trade Agreement… “We view the modernization of NAFTA as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council. “We believe achieving inclusion of strong and enforceable currency discipline and ensuring foreign markets accept products built to our standards are important components of a modern NAFTA agreement” … In fact, the industry recently launched a new campaign called “Driving American Jobs,” which aims to do little more than leave NAFTA unmolested. But more established industry collectives, like the American Automotive Policy Council and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, appear to be marching to a similar beat.

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Vice President Mike Pence Meets with U.S. Automakers on NAFTA
November 27, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top trade official met with the chief executives of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, and a senior manager from Ford, on Monday to discuss trade and the renegotiation of NAFTA… “We view the modernization of NAFTA as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports,” Matt Blunt, the president of the American Automotive Policy Council, said after the meeting.

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Auto Chiefs Air Concerns About trump’s NAFTA Stance at White House
November 27, 2017

Top executives from Detroit automakers met Monday with Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials and aired their concerns about changes the Trump administration is seeking to the North American Free Trade Agreement… “We view the modernization of Nafta as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports," Matt Blunt, a former Missouri governor who leads the American Automotive Policy Council, a trade association representing Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in a statement.

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Detroit Three Execs Warn Vice President Mike Pence of NAFTA Withdrawal Costs
November 27, 2017

Leaders of the Detroit Three automakers met Monday with Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump administration's top trade official to discuss their differences over continuing the North American Free Trade Agreement… Last month, a coalition of manufacturers, parts suppliers and dealers called Driving American Jobs formed to preserve NAFTA in its current form. “Our biggest concern is for American workers and customers,” Jennifer Thomas, vice president of federal affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement. “Pulling out of NAFTA would lead to a decrease in vehicle production, a decline in jobs and an increase in what our customers spend when buying a new vehicle. Not to mention this would also have an impact on our abilities to export vehicles to foreign markets.”

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Detroit Automakers to VP: Retreat from NAFTA Demand
November 27, 2017

Detroit automakers pressed Vice President Mike Pence on Monday to pump the brakes on proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that they say could add thousands to the cost of a car in the United States… Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit’s manufacturers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as parts manufacturers and dealerships, banded together in a rare show of unity to form a coalition called “Driving American Jobs” to fight the Trump administration’s proposed NAFTA changes.

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Top US Automakers Warn Pence: NAFTA Proposal Could Hurt Industry
November 27, 2017

The top U.S. automakers warned Vice President Pence on Monday that the administration’s proposal to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could hurt the nation’s auto industry… “We appreciate Vice President Pence taking the time to meet us. … We also appreciate the opportunity to directly address the industry's concerns with the administration’s rule of origin proposal,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents the trio of automakers.

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NAFTA Round Closes with Talks Bogged Down by Conflict
November 21, 2017

United States officials have tried in recent weeks to cool tensions over the North American Free Trade Agreement by extending the timetable for renegotiating the pact and asking top officials to sit out the current round of talks in Mexico City… More than 70 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to the administration on Nov. 15 saying the United States proposal for the automobile sector would diminish America’s competitiveness globally.

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Trump Administration Blasts Mexico, Canada for Limited NAFTA ‘Headway’
November 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s chief trade negotiator issued a downbeat assessment Tuesday of efforts to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, decrying “a lack of headway” and accusing Canada and Mexico of refusing to “seriously engage” on controversial U.S. proposals aimed at cutting the U.S. trade deficit… The most difficult issue hanging over the talks is the American proposal aimed at shifting auto production back from Mexico to the U.S… [but this] has prompted a fierce backlash from representatives of the American auto industry, which says the proposal would lower their efficiency and force more production to Asia.

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Canada, Mexico to Rebuff U.S. over NAFTA Goals as Talks Bog Down
November 20, 2017

Canada and Mexico will rebuff the United States over its demand for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules, top officials said on Monday as negotiations to renew the treaty bogged down with only a few months to go… Canada and Mexico are particularly unhappy about the U.S. push for tougher autos content… “There is no product made in North America that meets this rule of origin requirement,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler.

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Sources: Mexico, Canada Holding Back on NAFTA Counterproposals Hoping U.S. Softens Its Stances
November 21, 2017

Canadian and Mexican negotiators have refrained from countering many of the most controversial U.S. proposals at the fifth round of NAFTA talks because they believe the U.S. eventually will be forced to reconcile those offerings with the concerns of Congress and the U.S. business and agriculture communities, according to stakeholders and an official close to the talks.

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NAFTA Talks Sputter as Parties Reject U.S. Hard Line
November 21, 2017

The quest to renew NAFTA is slowing to a crawl as Canada and Mexico tiptoe around America’s most controversial proposals, throwing into doubt the ability of the three nations to reach a quick deal… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve Nafta. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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NAFTA Talks Shift Down a Gear
November 21, 2017

The latest NAFTA talks have proven far less dramatic than the fireworks of earlier rounds, though any deal remains far off as Mexico and Canada hold out hope the U.S. will soften its demands… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve NAFTA. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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Op-Ed: La La La, I’m not Listening…
November 20, 2017

The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears… In fact, industries across a wide spectrum strongly oppose some of U.S. negotiators' demands. In early October, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive called some Trump administration proposals "highly dangerous" to the U.S. economy. Later that month, several automotive-industry groups formed the "Driving American Jobs" coalition to fight the White House's stance on renegotiating the treaty.

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NAFTA Negotiations Shift Down a Gear
November 20, 2017

The latest NAFTA talks have proven far less dramatic than the fireworks of earlier rounds, though any deal remains far off as Mexico and Canada hold out hope the U.S. will soften its demands… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve NAFTA. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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Press Release: Bi-Partisan Congressional Group Supports American Auto Industry in Defending NAFTA and Preserving American Jobs
November 15, 2017

Today, a group of 72 bi-partisan congressmen from 23 states submitted a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, expressing concern about American jobs as negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue this week in Mexico City. Representatives Mark Sanford (R-SC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Mike Bishop (R-MI), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) led the letter.

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First reading on third-quarter GDP up 3.0%, vs 2.5% rise expected
October 27, 2017

The U.S. economy unexpectedly maintained a brisk pace of growth in the third quarter as an increase in inventory investment and a smaller trade deficit offset a hurricane-related slowdown in consumer spending and a decline in construction.

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Automakers Unify to Urge Trump to Keep NAFTA
October 26, 2017

Domestic automakers and suppliers have already expressed concerns that leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement could be detrimental to the industry. Numerous automotive trade groups have claimed that losing NAFTA would result in less efficient and more costly ways of doing business.

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Trump's NAFTA Threats Put Auto Industry On Offense
October 25, 2017

Auto industry groups have formed a new advocacy coalition, Driving American Jobs, to urge Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, using language that the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician can understand.

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Auto Industry Tells Trump 'We're Winning With NAFTA'
October 25, 2017

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition on Tuesday to urge U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Associations Launch ‘Driving American Jobs’ Coalition In Effort to Save NAFTA
October 25, 2017

Stakeholders of all stripes have weighed in on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this year, as renegotiation talks have now gone through four rounds.

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Vehicle Makers, Suppliers, Dealers Form Coalition to Lobby for NAFTA
October 25, 2017

Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit's automakers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as vehicle part manufacturers and dealerships, have banded together to fight President Donald Trump's proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Industry to Washington Pols: Keep NAFTA in Place
October 24, 2017

The auto industry weighed into the NAFTA fray Tuesday, with a strong and collective statement telling Washington not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Auto Industry Bands Together in Bid to Save NAFTA
October 24, 2017

Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit’s automakers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as car part manufacturers and dealerships, have banded together to fight President Donald Trump’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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‘Army’ of Lobbyists Hits Capitol Hill to Defend Nafta
October 24, 2017

Dozens of business and industry leaders descended on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in a coordinated push to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that has appeared increasingly at risk as the Trump administration presses Canada and Mexico for significant concessions.

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Auto industry tells Trump 'We're winning with NAFTA'
October 24, 2017

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition on Tuesday to urge U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Industry Campaign Aims to Steer Trump Away From Quitting Nafta
October 24, 2017

Five groups representing automakers in the U.S. and around the world, along with suppliers and car dealers, have joined forces in a campaign to try to convince President Donald Trump that the North America Free Trade Agreement is worth saving.

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Press Release: American Auto Industry Unites to Defend NAFTA and Preserve American Jobs
October 24, 2017

Today, America’s auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, and dealers announced the formation of Driving American Jobs, a coalition to safeguard American jobs in the automotive industry. Together, members of the coalition are fighting for American workers who are in the middle of an incredible comeback.

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Auto Industry Forms Coalition to Defend NAFTA
October 24, 2017

Top U.S. auto industry groups are joining forces for the first time to defend NAFTA, a trade agreement they say enhances their global competitiveness and supports hundreds of thousands of American automotive jobs.

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