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Gianforte Tells Pelosi to “Stop Dithering” on Trade Deal. Again. For the Fourth Time.

December 9, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to “stop dithering” and bring up the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for a vote in the U.S. House this year.

Recognizing the importance of ratifying the trade deal for Montana farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and businesses, Gianforte asked Pelosi, for the fourth time since May, to move forward with USMCA.

Gianforte and 158 other lawmakers, including leaders of the House Agriculture and Ways and Means committees, today sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi.

Pointing to the urgency of considering USMCA, they write, “The undersigned Republican Members strongly urge you to ensure that the House of Representatives takes up and passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year. With just three weeks remaining, the House has so far squandered the first session of the 116th Congress.”

Gianforte and the lawmakers continued, “Thankfully, it’s not too late for House Democrats to do the right thing. For starters, the House should finally stop dithering on USMCA and pass this critically important trade agreement.”

The trade agreement will give the United States an opportunity to expand on current trade successes during a time when farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and business owners need it most.

They also highlighted the positive impact USMCA will have on agriculture producers, writing, “Under USMCA, U.S. agricultural exports alone are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually, helping to build on the 325,000 American jobs that are already reliant on our nation’s exports to Mexico and Canada.”

Until Pelosi brings up USMCA for consideration in the House, Gianforte will remain vigilant and continue to press Pelosi on the issue.

The letter to Speaker Pelosi follows and is available HERE:

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

The undersigned Republican Members strongly urge you to ensure that the House of Representatives takes up and passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year.

With just three weeks remaining, the House has so far squandered the first session of the 116th Congress. 

Rather than working together to pass bipartisan measures that could be signed into law, House Democrats have instead obsessed over a partisan impeachment process of which the sole purpose is to overturn the decision of voters in the 2016 election.  The little remaining time has largely been consumed by passing partisan messaging bills that have no chance of enactment, even in the case where common ground could easily have been found.

Thankfully, it is not too late for House Democrats to do the right thing.  For starters, the House should finally stop dithering on USMCA and pass this critically important trade agreement. 

Nearly every agriculture group in America has called on Congress to pass USMCA which significantly improves trade relations with our two largest trading partners that together purchase about one-third of all U.S. agricultural exports.  Under USMCA, U.S. agricultural exports alone are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually, helping to build on the 325,000 American jobs that are already reliant on our nation’s exports to Mexico and Canada.   

Significant new market access for U.S. dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey producers is expected under the agreement while strides are also made in favor of our wheat farmers.  These and other improvements will greatly benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers who are struggling under the weight of a recession that began in late 2014. 

Expanding U.S. agriculture exports through truly free and fair-trade agreements will help put American agriculture back on its feet. 

Mexico is already our corn growers’ number one customer, while Canada and Mexico buy close to half of our pork products.  And beef sales to our immediate neighbors is estimated to add about $70 per head to the bottom line of U.S. cattlemen.  Under USMCA, the United States has a real opportunity to expand on these successes at a time when U.S. farmers and ranchers and rural America need help the most. 

USMCA already contains the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement considered by the U.S. to date and the Trump Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to address these issues because the President is absolutely focused on ensuring a level playing field for all U.S. workers. 

Passing USMCA is a chance for the House to chalk up one critically important victory for the American people and we urge you to seize this opportunity.

Background:

According to a report from the United States International Trade Commission, USMCA will create 176,000 new jobs, grow the U.S. economy by $68.2 billon, and increase agricultural exports by $2.2 billon.

Nearly 1,000 agricultural groups across the U.S. have endorsed USCMA, including the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Grain Elevator Association, Montana Pork Producers Council, National Association of Wheat Growers, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

In May, Gianforte asked Pelosi to drop her opposition to USMCA and work with the White House to move the trade deal forward, noting the requirements set by both Democrats and Republicans had been met.

In September, Gianforte spoke on the House floor urging Pelosi to work with the White House to get USMCA passed. He noted that it had been a full year since the U.S., Mexico, and Canada has concluded negotiations and announced the agreement.

In November, Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines took to the floor of their respective chambers to urge immediate action on USMCA, citing the trade deal’s benefits to Montana.