AFBF & NFU push for USMCA passage
November 20, 2019 By Julie Harker Filed Under: 2019 Events, 2019 NAFB Convention, News
The American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are
pushing Congress to get USMCA across the finish line.
Scott Vanderwall, Vice President of Farm Bureau, tells
Brownfield they’re putting on a “full court press”, asking President Trump to
send it to Congress –that won’t happen until Speaker Pelosi agrees to send it
to the House floor, “We believe that she probably has that as the goal to get
it done by the end of the year. Chairman Peterson was quoted as saying that he
believed that same thing.”
Rob Larew, vice president of policy with NFU, tells Brownfield
USMCA needs to pass even though he questions what he calls a “bizarre”
prescription drug provision that could negatively affect farmers, “For
agriculture, it’s not going to have huge gains. But if we get it across the
finish line I’m hopeful that that will then spur some positive ripples which
hopefully will have a good impact in other areas.”
VanderWal tells Brownfield they don’t want Trump to follow
through on a previous threat of doing away with NAFTA, “Probably our worst fear
is if we had nothing. If he were to withdraw from NAFTA and we didn’t get USMCA
passed, that would be a very bad thing from our industry.
Brownfield interviewed VanderWal and Larew at the NAFB
convention in Kansas City.
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