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Local lawmakers react to preliminary trade deal with Mexico

Posted at 7:38 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 09:06:49-04

The Trump Administration has agreed to a preliminary new trade deal with Mexico. 

Here in Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts says a trade deal between the United States and Mexico is critical to the state's economy. 

During a conference call, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said he'd like to see Canada in on the deal. 

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse weighed in on the deal saying: 

“I am working through the details of the possible U.S.-Mexico agreement, but there is reason to worry that this might be a step backward from NAFTA for American families – especially on fundamental issues of presumed expiration of the deal, and empowering government bureaucrats rather than markets to determine the components in cars and other goods.”

Governor Pete Ricketts also released a statement: 

"Mexico is one of Nebraska's best customers and a new deal will give more certainty to our farm families headed into harvest. I urge President Trump to continue to work to expand markets for Nebraska's quality ag products and manufactured goods."