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With Canada’s election looming, sense of urgency growing over passage of new NAFTA, say Republican aides

By Palak Mangat and Nina Russell      

On Tuesday, they head to Winnipeg to discuss Indigenous issues, and later this week, will be in Calgary for energy and trade talks. 

The new NAFTA deal, trade talks, and immigration issues will be top of mind for eight U.S. Democratic and Republican Congressional staffers who are touring Canada this week. It kicked off today with a visit to the U.S. Embassy and a briefing on Canada-U.S. relations. From left to right, they are: Republican staffers Michele Gargiulo of Mississippi Congressman Steve Palazoo's office, Robert Aery from Oklahoma Congressman Kevin Hern's office, Jesse Garza from Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy's office, Peter Jenks from Utah Congressman Rob Bishop's office, Democratic staffer Susie Byrd from Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar's office, Republican staffer Debra Fansler from Illinois Congressman John Shimkus' office, and Democratic staffers Chris Flores from Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee's office, and Jessica Mier from California Congresswoman Susan Davis' office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As Canada inches closer to the upcoming federal election, some Republican staffers say there’s a growing impatience with the Democrats over their refusal to bring the new NAFTA to a vote in the House. 

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