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USMCA takes step forward

Legislative Watch: Six Senate committees to consider USMCA; China in D.C.; Clean Futures Act; Loeffler joins Agriculture Committee.


P. Scott Shearer, National Hog Farmer 

Jan 10, 2020


The Senate Finance Committee passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement by a large bipartisan vote of 25-3 moving the agreement towards ratification. It has yet to be determined when the Senate will vote on the agreement. It is dependent upon when the Senate decides to begin the impeachment trial of President Trump. Once the trial begins, no other Senate business can be considered until the trial is over.


A ruling by the Senate Parliamentarian requires the USMCA to be considered by six other Senate committees before the agreement goes to the floor for consideration. Next week, the Senate Budget; Commerce; Environment and Public Works; Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pension committees will consider USMCA. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not set a date for its consideration.


The Canadian Parliament must also ratify USMCA. The Parliament does not go into session until Jan. 27. The Parliament is expected to pass the agreement in February or early March.


China in D.C. next week for signing


A Chinese trade delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He will be in Washington, D.C. next week for a White House signing ceremony of the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal on Jan. 15. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement is signed.


President Trump this week said at a later date a second round of negotiations would begin but may not be completed until after the election.


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USMCA Delayed Again…..


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Jan 10, 2020


The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement has hit another snag. Farm Bureau members will be talking about that and trade in general next week at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal says they’re pleased the Senate Finance Committee passed USMCA but are concerned it’s being delayed until next week for other committee considerations.


The Senate Parliamentarian has determined that the USMCA legislation will have to be considered by six other Senate committees. VanderWal says they’re anxiously following that process.


He says while that means USMCA may not come up in the full Senate until late next week...


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