USMCA top issue for Illinois lawmakers and ag groups
August 14, 2019 By Rhiannon Branch Filed Under: Illinois, News, Trade
Moving forward with the US Mexico Canada Agreement is top priority for Illinois lawmakers and ag groups.
Illinois Republican Congressman Rodney Davis says convincing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the USMCA up for a vote is the most important issue to be addressed in Washington DC.
“It’s a no-brainer. Without a vote on the USMCA in September, Speaker Pelosi is giving China leverage when it comes to trading with the United States of America.”
Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos tells Brownfield Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker Pelosi have been good actors throughout the process.
“I think whether you are a democrat or a republican, we want to pass this, but we’ve got to make sure that not only does it look after and do right by the family farmer, but it also has to do right by the American worker. If we can do those two things then I think we will end up in a good place.”
livestock group representatives also expressed the importance of the USMCA for
their respective industries to Brownfield at the Illinois State Fair.
Speaker Pelosi is scheduled to give a keynote address at Illinois State Fair Governor’s Day activities today.
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