Excerpt from The North American Free Trade Agreement; Environment and Labor Agreements: Hearing on the Subcommittees on Economic Policy, Trade and Environment and Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives One Hundred Third Congress First Session The subcommittees met, pursuant to notice, at 2:00p.m., in room 2154, Ravburn House Office Building, Hon. Sam Grejdenson (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Trade and Environment) presiding. Mr. Gejdenson. The hearing will come to order. With the anticipation of several votes on the floor, it is the chairs intention to hear from the majority leader first, and then any other of our colleagfues who wish to testify. Then we will have members of the panel give their opening statements after the other House Members who have arrived to testify. So if we could get a little order in the room. It is our great privilege to have the majority leader of the House before us. Mr. Majority Leader. [The prepared statement of Mr. Gejdenson appears in the appendix.] Statement Of Hon. Richard Gephardt, A Representative In Congress From The State Of Missouri Mr. Gephardt. Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. I am very pleased to be here this afternoon, and to have been invited to testify today on the North American Free Trade Agreement. As you know, in just a couple of weeks, the U.S. Trade Representative, Mickey Kantor, will be meeting with his counterpart trade ministers from Mexico and Canada, to try to successfully conclude the Nafta negotiations. So your hearing obviously comes at a very important time, and will help guide Ambassador Kantor and the administration as they develop the Clinton administrations negotiating posture. As you know, I have spent countless hours on this issue. I know that the Chairman, and I, and others have traveled to Mexico on a number of occasions. We have talked to hundreds of workers, farmers, and business people here in America to understand their concerns with this treaty negotiation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.