Today, the House passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement:
“The passage of USMCA is a victory for American workers, our economy, and intellectual property reforms, all of which will help ensure that America remains a world leader in the 21st century. Though I am pleased with the results of today’s vote, we cannot overlook the Democrats’ procrastination in bringing the bill to the House Floor. It is because of their misguided prioritization of partisan impeachment over solutions for citizens that USMCA was the very last vote before the House adjourned for the year.
“From fairer measures for agricultural producers to provisions that will help the United States remain a global force in cutting-edge technology, USMCA is expected to have positive effects nationwide, and especially California. In 2018 alone, our state exported over $48 billion in goods and services to Canada and Mexico — nearly 20 percent of all U.S. exports. With over a million jobs in our state supported by trade with Canada and Mexico, Californians are on track to benefit from this upgraded agreement. Not to mention, USMCA would help California agricultural product exporters by repealing Canada’s unfair milk pricing systems, stopping the discrimination of American wine, and expanding access for U.S. dairy products and poultry in Canada and Mexico. The modernization of sanitary and phytosanitary measures will also help to ensure that American agricultural exports are not blocked due to spurious food safety or animal and plant health concerns.
“I urge the Senate to quickly take up this measure, and call on President Trump to sign this incredible win for Americans into law as soon as possible.”
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