Publication Date: 08-08-2023
The Biden administration has aggressively used a “rapid response mechanism” to file nearly a dozen labor disputes against Mexico under the new North American trade agreement, producing a number of victories for union groups.
But critics complain U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has moved far too slowly to address energy industry concerns about a range of Mexican policies that threaten billions of dollars of U.S. investment south of the border.
“The United States has given Mexico more than enough time to rein in its discriminatory actions toward American energy producers,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said in a statement in the latest sign of congressional frustration. “Seventy-five days of consultations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement have stretched on for nearly a year with little meaningful progress.”
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