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Oregon’s Rep. DeFazio Votes Against New NAFTA Deal

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio was the only member of the state’s delegation who voted against the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico this week.

He says he thinks it’s better than the original NAFTA, but it is not a model for future agreements. He says labor enforcements are still weak in the new agreement. Also,

“It does nothing on the environment. It’s virtually identical to the Clinton NAFTA on the environment, more than 20 years ago. No consideration of climate change and no real enforcement of pollution.”

DeFazio says many U.S. companies moved to Mexico after NAFTA originally passed to take advantage of the country’s less stringent pollution laws. He says he could not in good faith support the bill.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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