HDMA/MEMA Members Needed to Urge Congress to Take Care in NAFTA Negotiations

Date: January 16, 2018

MEMA DC Member Bulletin

As we approach the next round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, scheduled to start on January 23, we urge vehicle suppliers to contact their members of Congress on the potential impacts to the supplier industry and American jobs. Legislators need to hear from you – our industry leaders and executives who together directly employ over 871,000 Americans and generate an indirect employment impact of more than 4 million jobs – so they understand how the decisions they make directly impact American businesses and U.S. jobs.

Why It Matters to Your Business:
The Trump administration has indicated that as a part of NAFTA renegotiations, they would like to change the rules of origin as a way to reduce the trade deficit and increase jobs in the United States, all under the threat of potentially withdrawing from NAFTA.  However, according to a new study by The Boston Consulting Group, commissioned by MEMA, (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD STUDY) changes to the rules of origin could put up to 24,000 U.S. jobs at risk, while withdrawing from NAFTA could put up to 50,000 U.S. jobs at risk.

What You Should Do:
Contact your members of Congress (CLICK HERE) today and tell them to take care in modernizing NAFTA.  If they are a member of the House, we urge them to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing their concern on current NAFTA proposals, including rules of origin. 

This is a critical time for our industry and vehicle suppliers must make their voices heard.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can get involved in HDMA/MEMA’s advocacy efforts, please contact Briana Huxley at bhuxley@mema.org or 202-312-9242.

 

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