In May 1987 the U.S. administration once again faced a decision on extending most-favored-nation status to Romania for another year, a decision made more difficult by the pending legislation, passed by the House on April 30 as a Trade Act amendment, that would suspend MFN for Romania for six months. The argument within the administration turned on the humanitarian effect of denying MFN. Totu’s statement of May 1 that there would be no emigration from Romania to the United States if MFN were denied seemed to show clearly how the Romanians would react to a denial by Congress, even over administration objections.
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- 86.U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East, United States-Romanian Relations and Most-Favored-Nation Status for Romania, 100th Cong., 1st Sess., July 30, 1987, pp. 23–25, 49.Google Scholar