Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a bipartisan letter expressing support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year to Speaker Pelosi. The USMCA is a signed, but not ratified, free trade agreement and is a result of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The letter highlights the fact that the impeachment inquiry has delayed consideration of USMCA. The letter also highlights that nearly every agriculture group in America has called on Congress to pass USMCA, which would significantly improve trade relations with our two largest trading partners that together purchase about one-third of all U.S. agricultural exports.
“It is essential that Speaker Pelosi stops delaying and immediately considers USMCA on the House floor” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “North Country farmers are being held hostage and denied access to significant new markets for U.S. dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey, among other products. The USMCA will greatly benefit farmers and ranchers struggling under the weight of a recession. The farmers in my district play an integral role in our North Country economy, and they deserve access to these markets, especially given their proximity to the Canadian border. I will continue to work on their behalf and urge Speaker Pelosi to pass the USMCA.”