Local representatives react to USMCA signing

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed the USMCA trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The President signed the deal on the south lawn of the White House, joined by some 400 guests including farmers, CEOs, workers and members of Congress.

USMCA essentially replaces NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement. It opens Canadian dairy markets to American producers and also calls for updates to digital trade and copyright rules — among other changes.

“This is a colossal victory for our farmers, ranchers, and energy workers, factory workers and American workers in all 50 states and you could almost say beyond,” said Pres. Trump.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune has been a proponent of USMCA from the start. He says this new and modernized deal will help open markets for the state’s farmers and ranchers.

“Canada and Mexico are key trade partners for South Dakota and our country as a whole. For South Dakota, exports to Canada and Mexico alone topped $1.1 billion in 2017. And USMCA will not only help our agriculture industry, but it will benefit almost every sector of our economy.”

Sen. Mike Rounds attended the signing at the White House. He says,

“Mexico and Canada are two of our most valued trading partners, and signing the USMCA solidifies our partnerships with them. Trade with the two countries supports 37,700 for South Dakotans, so making sure we maintain positive relationships with them is important for our economy.”

Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney also attended the signing. She says,

“Wyoming’s small businesses and manufacturers — which comprise 67% of our state’s exports of machinery to Canada and Mexico — will have new business opportunities to invest in our state and raise wages.”

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