Mexico: NAFTA In The Balance

The Mexican Ambassador says there is a 50-50 chance that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be “terminated.” Geronimo Gutierrez

says there are tensions hanging over the three sides in the negotiations and that’s creating an air of uncertainty. Several pro-trade Republicans have met with President Donald Trump to discuss trade. Their goal was to let the president know on a face-to-face basis how important NAFTA is and to keep negotiating. U.S. officials have taken a hard-line stance in the negotiations with Canada and Mexico, causing concern that the talks could fall apart and Trump would likely then pull out of the deal.
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Senator Bernie Sanders called the Republican tax reform plan ” absurd” and said the new CBS Poll shows the American people – his words now ” got it right” because a majority of those surveyed said the bill will benefit large corporations and won’t help the middle class.

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USDA says it will allow states more flexibility in managing SNAP as long as it doesn’t raise costs. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says, “SNAP was created to provide people with the help they need to feed themselves and their families, but it was not intended to be a lifestyle.” President Trump has said when tax reform efforts are done, he wants to turn his attention to welfare reform, possibly setting up a future battle within the next farm bill development process, which also contains food programs like SNAP.


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