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· September is for USMCA Deal-Making, Says Grassley
· Corn Growers And Ag Groups To Rally For Ratification Of USMCA Trade Deal
September is for USMCA Deal-Making, Says Grassley
By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 9/11/2019
Congress “ought to take action early this fall” on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) so the trade pact can take effect before the end of the year, said Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley on Tuesday. Grassley told reporters that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expects to reach agreement this month with House Democrats on modification of USMCA, opening the door to a vote.
“Lighthizer figures this is all going to be done in negotiations during September,” said Grassley, who spoke to the trade representative a few days ago. As Finance chairman, Grassley will have a lead role in Senate action on the USMCA, but the Constitution says the House must vote first. “I’m convinced it will pass” once a House vote is called, he said.
Approval of the free trade agreement would be a significant victory for President Trump, who faces reelection in 2020. “It strengthens the president’s hand” in dealing with China and other nations, said Grassley.
Farm groups, Republicans in Congress, and members of the Trump cabinet turned up the volume this week in urging a House vote. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue posted at least five tweets in support of USMCA on Tuesday...
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Corn Growers And Ag Groups To Rally For Ratification Of USMCA Trade Deal
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Sep 11, 2019
Several agricultural groups including NCGA, ASA and the American Farm Bureau will be holding a rally on Thursday to push Congress to ratify the USMCA trade agreement. Minnesota Corn Grower’s Association President Brian Thalmann says having a unified voice on the issue is critical for agriculture to get their message across of the importance of that deal.
He says having USMCA approved is very important for Minnesota’s corn growers.
Thalmann says it’s encouraging that House Ag Leaders Collin Peterson and Mike Conaway are expected to attend the rally. He says getting support from both Democrats and Republicans on the pact is key to getting it approved.
The rally is set...
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