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Garamendi Votes to Pass USMCA to Support California’s Farmers and Workers

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to support workers, farmers, ranchers, and manufacturing in the United States. The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 385-41 and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the President.

“This agreement includes the strongest possible enforcement mechanisms to support and protect American workers and improve market access for American farmers. As a rancher and a farmer, I know how critically important it is to correct the flaws in NAFTA and pass a trade agreement that supports America’s farmers and workers,” Garamendi said. “I’m grateful for the months of negotiations House Democrats undertook to secure landmark changes to the USMCA that deliver for America’s workers, and our economy. The transformative changes House Democrats secured in this agreement earned the support of the AFL-CIO, the California Farm Bureau Federation, and other key stakeholders. I’m pleased this legislation has passed the House, and I will work to ensure it becomes law,” Garamendi concluded.

“California farmers and ranchers welcome passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and appreciate Rep. Garamendi’s support of the agreement. The USMCA will benefit all of California—rural and urban—by allowing most California-grown agricultural products improved access to customers in Mexico and Canada. Farmers, ranchers and the thousands of Californians whose jobs depend on agricultural exports look forward to earning the benefits this trade agreement will bring,” said California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson.

A fact sheet on the USMCA from the House Committee on Ways and Means can be viewed here.

A list of notable endorsements for USMCA is included below:

CA Endorsements:

Almond Alliance of California

Bay Area Council

California Apple Commission

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Bean Shippers Association

California Blueberry Commission

California Canning Peach Association

California Chamber of Commerce

California Cherry Export Association

California Cherry Export Council

California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association

California Dairies, Inc

California Date Commission

California Dried Plum Board

California Farm Bureau Federation

California Fig Advisory Board

California Grain and Feed Association

California Pear Growers Association

California Pork Producers Association

California Rice Commission

California Seed Association

California Strawberry Commission

California Walnut Commission

California Warehouse Association

California Wheat Association

Napa/Solano County Cattlemen’s Association

Olive Growers Council of California

Sacramento Metro Chamber

Solano County Farm Bureau

Sun-Maid Growers of California

Western Growers

United Dairymen of California

National Endorsements:

AFL–CIO

Aerospace Industries Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

Agricultural Retailers Association

American Association of Port Authorities

American Wind Energy Association

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association

International Dairy Foods Association

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Outdoor Industry Association

Motion Picture Association of America

National Association of Manufacturers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Confectioners Association

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Retail Federation

The Fertilizer Institute

U.S. Dairy Export Council

United Fresh Produce Association

USA Rice

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

United Steelworkers (USW) International

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