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USMCA Advances Out of Senate Appropriations, Commerce
USAgNet - 01/16/2020

At Wednesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska voted to advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement passed the committee by a bipartisan vote. The full Senate is expected to vote on the agreement tomorrow, sending it to President Trump's desk for signature.

Fischer spoke on the importance of the agreement to Nebraska families, ag producers, manufacturers, and businesses.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota commented after the Senate Appropriations Committee also approved USMCA.

"After USMCA was held up by the House for more than a year, the Senate is quickly working through its process to get this important agreement approved. USMCA will provide much needed certainty for our agriculture, energy and other industries. Given the challenges in farm country, we are working to approve it in the Senate as soon as possible to provide certainty regarding trade with our two biggest trading partners."

In addition to the Commerce and Appropriations committees, USMCA has now been approved by the Finance Committee, Energy and Public Works Committee and the Budget Committee. The agreement was also considered Wednesday by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee before going to the full Senate for a vote.

According to the International Trade Commission, USMCA will increase U.S. agricultural and food exports to Canada and Mexico when fully implemented. The senator worked to ensure that the USMCA benefits North Dakota producers, including eliminating Canada's automatic downgrade of imported U.S. wheat to feed grade, which will help ensure that grading standards and services are non-discriminatory. Additionally, USMCA makes needed modernizations on intellectual property, digital trade and financial services.

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