Speaker Ryan Eases on NAFTA Deadline as 3 Nations Express Optimism

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UPDATED 10:55 AM PT — Thurs. May 17, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan stepped back on his informal deadline for NAFTA, saying a deal could still get done in time for a vote in 2018.

Speaking Thursday, Ryan indicated if the U.S., Mexico and Canada could reach an agreement soon, meaning Congress could still take it up this year.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promotes this year’s renewal of the farm bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. GOP leaders have crafted the bill as a measure for tightening work and job training requirements for food stamps. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

He had initially set a deadline for Thursday, May 17 for a NAFTA deal to be submitted.

This comes as Canada’s prime minister said he feels positive about NAFTA talks, and that there’s a good deal on the table.

Mexico’s economy minister said a deal could be reached later this month, but left hope negotiations could still take place after the country’s presidential election July 1. Ryan is hoping for a deal sooner than that.

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