CHAIRMAN BISHOP STATEMENT ON US-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 385-41:
“I am pleased to support the final version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The agreement strengthens protections for workers everywhere, supports U.S. agriculture, restores environmental protections, updates rules for trade in the digital economy, and preserves Congress’s ability to battle high drug prices.
“Due to the efforts of House Democrats in the House Trade Working Group, we were able to negotiate with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a revised USMCA agreement. The revisions make enforcement more effective and fair by fixing loopholes that would have allowed Mexico and Canada to avoid accountability with regards to their trade obligations. This revised USMCA strengthens standards on protecting workers’ rights and introduces penalties on goods and services that are not produced in compliance with key labor standards.
“Georgia alone made $10.2 billion in exports to Canada and Mexico in 2018. More than 22,500 manufacturing jobs in Georgia depend on exports to Canada and Mexico. Over 12 million jobs in the entire nation depend on the $1.4 trillion trade markets with Canada and Mexico. Dairy farmers in particular will benefit from the increased access to the Canadian market. Americans everywhere will benefit from the new provisions that protect American workers and provide for more equitable trade between the three countries.”