Ag Reacts to USMCA Signing

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Trump is threatening to kill the current NAFTA deal, which would set the clock running on a six-month window for the U.S. Congress either to ratify the USMCA deal as is or have no North American trade deal at all. "We also encourage the administration to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs from Canada and Mexico now that the agreement is signed", Shay said.

Trump signed the new deal with the president of Mexico and Canada's prime minister, following through on a campaign promise he made to renegotiate the long controversial NAFTA agreement. "It allows Mexico to dump government-subsidized produce on the USA market. It's been a disaster for the United States", Trump said as he left the G-20 summit.

On Sunday, Henry Connelly, a spokesman for Pelosi, told the New York Times that it was "disappointing but not surprising" that Trump was trying to force Congress to approve the new deal. The agreement includes a change in Canadian regulations that will allow greater access for US dairy products, eggs and poultry.


The original NAFTA deal was signed in 1992 by former President George H.W. Bush. The remarks came after he had formally signed a new version of NAFTA with leaders from Mexico and Canada.

'We (will) get rid of NAFTA, ' he told reporters. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agreement secures greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and lowered barriers for many American products. "NFU urges Congress to ensure the administration negotiates improvements to USMCA to create a fair trade framework that benefits family farmers, ranchers and rural communities".

"I think they're betting on Congress not letting it all go to hell", she said.


Presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi described the deal as a "work in progress" that lacks worker and environment protections. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, a leader on the issue, argued that there is precedent for reopening the agreement and making changes at this stage.

It remains unclear if President Trump can actually withdraw from NAFTA without congressional approval.

He stated legislators can select in between the United States-Mexico-Canada Arrangement or " pre-NAFTA, which functions extremely well".


Rubio's office said Monday that the senator had asked Lightizer to look into additional trade actions to protect Florida growers, and that Lighthizer had committed to requesting a fact-finding investigation and taking corrective action.

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