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Letter to House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel on NAFTA

November 15, 1993

Dear Mr. Leader:

On more than one occasion I have been asked whether the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might become a divisive issue in the 1994 Congressional elections. Each time I have been asked this question I have expressed the hope that this issue would continue to be viewed in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation befitting an issue of such historical importance.

Since I have sought the support of all members of the House of Representatives for the NAFTA implementing legislation as a matter of compelling national interest, I hope to discourage NAFTA opponents from using this issue against pro-NAFTA members, regardless of party, in the coming election.

After our shared success later this week, when I will have the pleasure of sending thank you letters to at least 218 House members, I will reaffirm my position on the inappropriateness of fighting NAFTA again in the 1994 election.

As always, you have my respect and appreciation.



NOTE: This letter was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 16 but was not issued as a White House press release.

William J. Clinton, Letter to House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel on NAFTA Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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