GOP House Ag leaders call for USMCA approval

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Source: American Shipper

“The dairy industry couldn’t be more clear: Pass USMCA,” said Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas.

House lawmakers continue highlighting the economic significance of USMCA, but it remains to be seen whether Democrats will heed the agriculture industry’s calls for passage, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said in a statement.

“The dairy industry couldn’t be more clear: Pass USMCA. We know producers are struggling and the main hope for recovery lies with trade,” Conaway said. “After the recent release of the long-awaited International Trade Commission report, Speaker Pelosi should make preparations to bring USMCA to a vote in the House as soon as possible. Our farmers can’t afford to wait.”

Released earlier this month, the ITC’s report on the likely economic impacts of USMCA estimates that the pact would raise U.S. real GDP by $68.2 billion, or .35 percent, and U.S. employment by 176,000 jobs, if fully implemented and enforced.

The release of the ITC report clears the way for Congress to consider USMCA implementation legislation.

 

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