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Moran: Don’t withdraw from NAFTA

NEW ORLEANS — Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Sunday urged President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I hope there is no plan to eliminate NAFTA before USMCA is passed,” Moran said, referring to the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement during a town hall meeting at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Withdrawing from NAFTA “would create tremendous uncertainty in the economy,” he added. Moran also said that the “most significant legislative endeavor” Congress is facing in agriculture is approving the new agreement on trade to succeed NAFTA. Moran also said that the United States needs a trade policy other than imposing tariffs that result in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.

Moran, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also said he is opposed to using the appropriations process for other purposes. But he added that he does not think Congress will make progress on any other issues until the shutdown and the border wall are resolved.

The difference between this shutdown and others, Moran said, is that he does not see anyone negotiating behind the scenes for a way out.

The United States needs immigration because, Moran said, “we do not raise our kids to work in a packing plant or in a feed yard.”

The only rural areas of Kansas that have grown in recent years, Moran noted, are those that have immigrant labor.