U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for Nebraska agriculture and trade, issued the following statement regarding the agreement reached on the USMCA trade deal.
“It’s about dang time and it took a messy fight, but here’s the great news: we’ve earned a win for Nebraska farmers and ranchers. I’ve been working with the President for more than a year now, pushing Speaker Pelosi to get this done. I’m glad House Democrats have stopped stonewalling so we can let Nebraska keep feeding the world.”
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement regarding the imminent announcement of the completed United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“Coming to an agreement on USMCA is a tremendous step forward, and I applaud President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for their diligent work in getting a beneficial trade deal for our nation. USMCA improves upon NAFTA and has been my top priority on the Ways and Means Committee. This trade agreement is great for Nebraska agriculture and I look forward to supporting it when it is considered by the House.”
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) issued the following statement today regarding progress on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA.
“After months of negotiations, a tentative understanding has been reached that will hopefully enable passage of the United States, Mexico, and Canada trade agreement––the USMCA. This would be a great deal for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers, while ensuring the continuity of strong labor and environmental standards throughout the three-nation trading zone,” Fortenberry said. “The deal is scheduled for a House vote next week. I will vote for it,” Fortenberry added.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the Trump administration and House Democrats reached an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“After much negotiation, I am pleased to hear that the Trump administration and House Democrats have reached a deal on USMCA. This is a major step toward finalizing this important trade agreement for Nebraska agriculture, businesses, and manufacturing. It is time for Congress to get this deal done and help bring certainty to our farmers and ranchers.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies – released the following statement on the agreement reached between the White House and Congress regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“I have long advocated for movement on USMCA, and I applaud the White House and Congress for reaching an agreement today and advancing this deal. Canada and Mexico are Kansas’ top two export markets, and over the last two years, I have heard directly from Kansans how vital a modern trade deal like USMCA would be for our farmers, ranchers and manufacturers to compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy. Now is the time to get USMCA across the finish line, and I urge the House to quickly bring USMCA up for a vote.”
U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) released the following statement today after Speaker Pelosi’s announcement on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“I am pleased that the USMCA is ready,” Rep. Axne said. “I have long been an advocate for getting this agreement done so our farmers and manufacturers can have certainty in our two largest markets. Farmers have had a tough few years, with a harmful trade war, devastating weather and a RFS being undermined by the EPA. This agreement would provide certainty for farmers and producers by ending the threat of back and forth retaliatory tariffs that this administration has pursued. I am thankful that the House Working Group and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer worked in good faith and negotiated a better deal for all Americans and did so before the year end.”
Rep. Axne has been a leader in calling for action on USMCA. In October, Rep. Axne spoke on the House floor and urged her colleagues to continue to work to finalize the agreement. Last Thursday, Rep. Axne sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer and called for action on the USMCA before the end of the year.
“Trade is fundamental to the state of Iowa,” Rep. Axne wrote. “Iowa ranks first in the nation in exports of corn, pork, feed and other grains, and is number two in soybeans. Last year alone Iowa exported $4.2 billion in goods to Canada, 30 percent of the state’s total exports, and $2.3 billion to Mexico. Overall, Iowa is the second largest agricultural exporting state in the country. Modernizing our trade agreement with our two closest neighbors is critical to ensuring market stability for Iowans.”
USMCA would modernize and build upon the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which went into effect in 1994. The three countries signed USMCA in November of 2018 and on May 30, 2019 the administration submitted the text of the agreement to Congress. Speaker Pelosi then convened the House Working Group to review the text and negotiate with Ambassador Ligthizer over final provisions. Rep. Axne raised concerns about the provisions dealing with labor enforcement mechanisms and intellectual property rights for pharmaceuticals. She remained committed to ensuring the final deal would improve upon labor protections and enforcements from NAFTA.
“The enhanced labor protections in the USMCA is good news for Iowa workers. If we didn’t work so hard to get this right, we would continue to see Iowa workers undermined and our American-made products undercut. This is an improvement that will benefit Iowa workers and keep our middle class strong ” Axne said. “I am also glad that the biologics title was removed so Iowa families will not face higher costs for certain pharmaceuticals.”
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway released the following statement upon news of a deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:
|“Today’s announcement of a deal on USMCA is news America’s farmers and ranchers have been waiting over a year for. I appreciate the work of President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer in delivering on the promise of an improved trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. I urge Speaker Pelosi to quickly schedule a vote on USMCA.”|
After more than a year of senseless delay, the United States, Mexico and Canada have announced an agreement on the United States Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement. Following the announcement, Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. issued the following statement:
“Two years ago, I traveled to Mexico to negotiate on behalf of agriculture, because implementing this deal is so important to finally delivering a level playing field for Kansas farmers and producers. For the last year, passing USMCA has been my number one legislative priority. After sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s desk for an entire year, President Trump and Congress will finally be able to deliver on this huge promise to the American people,” said Dr. Marshall. “USMCA means thousands of new jobs for Kansans and hundreds of millions of dollars in crucial Kansas exports. I want to applaud all the agriculture and manufacturing stakeholders that have fought beside us to get USMCA to the finish line.”
Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson:
“While our farm and ranch families have waited far too long for this good news, we are pleased a deal has finally been reached on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This is a crucial step forward in bringing long-term stability to Nebraska agriculture markets with two of Nebraska’s most important trading partners. USMCA ensures Nebraska beef, pork, corn, and soybean producers will maintain essential access to Mexico and Canada markets that account for significant percentages of Nebraska’s overall international agricultural sales. USMCA also opens the door for greater purchases of Nebraska wheat, poultry, and dairy products, as well as modernizing other areas of this critical agreement. We expect and urge swift action by the House and Senate to seal the deal on USMCA before the holidays.”