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Lobbyists Want to Use Nafta to Fast-Track Trump’s Agenda

  • Senators tout plan as way for Trump to achieve economic agenda
  • Plan paves way for permit streamlining, workforce development
The Port Of Los Angeles As Wholesale Trade Figures Are Released
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

While officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico try to hammer out a new North American Free Trade Agreement, lobbyists in Washington are using the deal’s rewrite to advance a broad legislative agenda making it easier for U.S. companies to build factories, move cargo and export coal.

The strategy exploits the fast-track authority that allows presidents to negotiate big trade deals without having to worry about Congress tinkering around the edges. Under that authority, legislation to implement a trade deal can pass the House and Senate on a simple majority vote, without amendments or filibusters.