Mayor Saenz speaks out about new USMCA Trade Agreement


Mexico has ratified the agreement, but Canada must still sign off before it takes full effect.

House Democrats sat on the deal for a year, saying they wanted stiffer protections for workers and the environment and a way to enforce those provisions. "There's never been anything like it", President Trump said.

As the impeachment saga charges forward, Trump is hoping to highlight a strong American economy - bolstered, he says, by trade deals that better serve USA workers - as a way to rebut accusations he abused his office.

Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said it only passed Congress because of how the Democrats forced changes in Trump's original proposal.

"The White House hasn't invited House Democrats to their USMCA signing ceremony", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) spokesman Henry Connelly.

Today's signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by President Trump increases hopes that 2020 will begin a stronger decade for America's farmers and ranchers.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston said, "This is a great day for America's cattle producers and we were once again honored to participate in another great victory for our industry. I don't want to leave anybody out", Trump said before listing several GOP senators. Of course, the ratification of USMCA comes on the heels of a game-changing new trade deal with China, a new bilateral agreement with our largest export partners in Japan, and much-improved access to the European Union.

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USMCA gives American farmers more of a chance to compete in Canada's highly restrictive dairy market, sets a minimum wage for workers manufacturing automobiles and increases the percentage of vehicle parts required to become duty-free. Canadian steel producers are integral to Canada's economy and a vital supplier to many segments of North American industry, including the automotive, energy, construction and transportation sectors. That would benefit the United States and Canada - not Mexico, where auto assembly workers are paid a fraction of that amount.

President Donald Trump signed a bill implementing the new North America trade agreement, a major rewrite of trade rules with Canada and Mexico on Wednesday.

"It's a blip", Syracuse University trade economist Mary Lovely tells AP.

Critics include environmental groups concerned that the agreement does not address global warming. Gordon continued, "We reiterate our hearty thanks to both houses of Congress, the President, and their staff who worked together to make this important deal happen".

The president wasn't wasting any time highlighting the deal in battleground states that will determine who wins this year's presidential election.

The Mexican parliament has already approved the deal.