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·         US Chamber stepping up call on USMCA

·         Washington Watcher: Odds Are Rising For USMCA Vote This Year

·         Panel on Trade and USCMA Touts the Benefits of New Agreement



US Chamber stepping up call on USMCA


By Julie Harker, Brownfield 

October 1, 2019


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping up its call during the Congressional recess on Congress to ratify the USMCA. The Chamber’s chief policy officer Neil Bradley says they don’t expect the impeachment inquiry to get in the way, “The American people and, frankly, the business community, expect that our elected officials can walk and chew gum.”


Bradley says they’re pleased to see support for moving the USMCA forward from leaders on both sides of the aisle, including House Speaker Pelosi.


Bradley says there are some troubling signs the economy could be weakening and USMCA ratification is one of the things that could greatly restore certainty, “The provisions of USMCA, as we’ve seen from the administration’s economic analysis, are good in terms of supporting U.S. manufacturers, agriculture and U.S. jobs.”


Bradley says the newest numbers on manufacturing have hit the lowest level in a decade...


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Washington Watcher: Odds Are Rising For USMCA Vote This Year


by AgDay TV

via AgWeb - Sep 30, 2019


Despite Washington embroiled in turmoil, progress continues on the new U-S-Mexico-Canada agreement. Our Washington Correspondent Jim Wiesemeyer reports that odds are rising that Congress will vote yet this year on the agreement.


House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal also leads a group of Democrats working on key concerns about the agreement with the Trump administration. He, his staff and U-S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be working through the two-week recess on the latest proposals for ratification.


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Panel on Trade and USCMA Touts the Benefits of New Agreement


By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today

Oct 1, 2019


Many months later the question about whether there will be a vote in the U.S. House on the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement remains unanswered. But, those wanting the NAFTA replacement ratified by Congress continue to insist it will be good for American business and workers.


Last week’s Vice President Mike Pence Indianapolis address focusing on USMCA was preceded by a panel discussion of representatives of steel, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. Amy Cornell with the Agribusiness Council of Indiana said the new agreement will help all Indiana farmers.


“Our farmers have really been suffering these last few years,” she said. “Their income has decreased by about 46 percent since 2014. They need trade, they need export, and they need certainty, and USMCA does that for them.”


And USMCA will specifically help dairy farmers who have been facing a crisis for the last five years.


“Here in the state of Indiana in 2018 we lost ten percent of our dairy farms and we’re projected to do that again in 2019. What USMCA does is provide market access to those farmers. It also prevents Canada from dumping some dry dairy products on the world market and under pricing us, provides new access for chicken, eggs and expanded poultry markets.”


Cornell highlighted the statistical importance of the Canada and Mexico markets, but she also stressed the food safety benefits in USMCA that provide important updates over NAFTA.


“Sanitary and phytosanitary standards that are now included in USMCA are important,” said Cornell, who summed that up in layman’s terms. “We want to make sure that our food is safe. We want to make sure that the health of the animals and plants are taken care of, and we want to make sure that everyone is meeting certain standards but not hiding behind those standards in order to protect their domestic farmers. USMCA provides those protections for us.”


She explained that products coming into the United States and shipping containers and pallets will all need to meet updated standards under USMCA. She added, the food safety standards in the agreement are based on science, and not protectionism...


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