USMCA passes Congress, goes to president for signature

New trade agreement takes the place of NAFTA


January 16, 2020

More than a year after starting to negotiate a replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Congress has sent a new North American agreement to President Donald Trump.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement overwhelmingly passed the Senate this morning.

The agreement, after nearly a year of negotiations, tweaks and revision, passed the House in December on a 385-41 vote.

Montana’s Sens. Steve Daines, a Republican, and Jon Tester, a Democrat, both praised its passage, although Tester added that enforcement is critical.

“Every Montanan working in production ag knows you need certainty and open markets to move your products,” Tester, the Senate’s only working farmer, said in a release today. “The USMCA will help Montana producers regain the stability they’ve lost under this administration and makes progress on critical issues like Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading practices.”

“This trade deal is a big win for our farmers, ranchers and small businesses across Montana and the country,” Daines said in a release today.

Watch for more in Friday’s edition of the Havre Daily News.


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