10.23.19

Daines to Pelosi: Stop Playing Political Games with USMCA

Demands Action from House Democrats

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to act and advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Daines stressed the importance of the USMCA to Montana Ag and the economy highlighting an estimated $68 billion boost to the nation’s GDP, 176,000 new jobs, higher wages, and increased certainty.

 USMCA Speech

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“The House Democrats cannot continue to hold our farmers and our ranchers hostage any longer for political gain. This is negatively impacting the Montana way of life,” Daines said. “To Speaker Pelosi, and my Democratic colleagues in the House, the time to act is now. Our neighbors depend on it. Montana farmers and ranchers depend on it. And the entire country depends on it.”

Background: 

As Montana’s lone member on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade action, Daines has been a strong voice in support of USMCA.

On June, 18, 2019 Daines raised the importance of advancing USMCA in a U.S. Senate Finance hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

On November 21, 2018, Daines sent a letter to President Trump showing support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and to urge passage of the trade deal.

On January 30, 2018, Daines sent a letter to President Trump, reaffirming the benefits on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urging him to modernize it to reflect the 21st century economy.

On November 20, 2017, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to consider the critical role agriculture plays in the U.S, economy and its dependence on trade.

On June 28, 2017, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Lighthizer, urging him to consider the impact of trade with Mexico and Canada on the U.S. agricultural industry while renegotiating NAFTA.

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