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Ghost of NAFTA haunts proposed Pacific Rim trade deal
Ghost of NAFTA haunts proposed Pacific Rim trade deal

As lawmakers gear up for a rancorous debate on a bill that would help President Obama secure a massive Pacific Rim trade deal, congressional Democrats and their allies are making the case that such an agreement would be disastrous for American jobs and wages. For many, Exhibit No. 1 is the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perhaps more than anything else, the 1993 pact among the U.S., Mexico and Canada has colored perceptions of free trade and points to the difficult battle ahead as the White House argues alongside Republicans that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be good for ordinary Americans. Moments after the so-called fast-track legislation was introduced last week to ease...

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