(House of Representatives - August 01, 1996)

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                           CHECKING ON NAFTA

  (Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, the debate over the success 
of NAFTA continues. Two years after this legislation became law, we 
look back and see whether or not it has been successful, and there is 
still disagreement.
  Tomorrow I will introduce bipartisan legislation, Mr. Speaker, 
however, that all of us can join together on. My legislation, the NAFTA 
check bill, will require the President of the United States to certify 
each year to the Congress whether or not those side agreements that he 
told us would raise up the workers standards in Mexico and would 
enforce tough environmental laws in Mexico are actually working.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask our colleagues to join with us to allow this 
President each year to certify to us as to whether or not what he told 
us to get our votes for NAFTA has in fact been occurring for the past 2 
years. That is an annual certification as to environmental protection 
and as to worker standards in the state of Mexico as parties to the 
NAFTA agreement.
  I urge our colleagues to sign as cosponsors when this bill is dropped 
tomorrow. We can move it quickly in September to get passage in this 
body and the other body.