Walorski Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Walorski Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force

Deal to Modernize North American Trade Dismantles Barriers for Manufacturers and Farmers, Levels Playing Field for American Workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force:

“America is facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, but our nation is resilient and our economy is safely reopening. With USMCA entering into force today, we are now in an even better position to recover and rebuild. President Trump’s deal to modernize North American trade will dismantle barriers for Hoosier manufacturers and farmers, level the playing field for our workers, and expand markets for made-in-America exports. This is a major victory for the American people.”

BACKGROUND

USMCA replaces the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a modernized, improved set of rules for trade with Canada and Mexico. The new agreement:

  • Includes a new chapter on digital trade that sets a global standard to ensure American innovators and e-commerce businesses can compete fairly;
  • Expands exports of agricultural commodities, including soybeans, corn, and pork;
  • Opens access to the Canadian market for American farmers to sell dairy, poultry, and eggs;
  • Streamlines customs procedures in order to reduce inefficiencies and get American products to market faster;
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by requiring Mexico to overhaul its labor system; and
  • Ensures the U.S. can hold Mexico and Canada accountable through strong enforcement mechanisms.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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