VP Pence Calls on Congress to Pass USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — Vice President Mike Pence spent time early this week promoting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while calling on Congress to pass the trade deal. Pence penned an editorial in the Arizona Daily Star promoting the trade agreement. The Vice President also toured a Tyson Foods facility in Tennessee. Meanwhile, in a White House statement, Pence says USMCA will add …


McConnell, Others, Optimistic on USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes lawmakers can reach a resolution on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement soon. Speaking to CNBC this week, McConnell says “USMCA is something we can agree on,” referring to the Democrat-led House of Representatives and Republican-led Senate. President Donald Trump announced the three nations reached an agreement one year ago this week. Concerns regarding the …


McConnell Tells Democrats “Time to Act on USMCA”

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — Much of Washington, D.C., is consumed with questions about Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly scolded Democrats’ handling of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Politico says McConnell wants House Democrats to pass the North American trade agreement, noting that “the time for excuses is over.” Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said Democrats …


Impeachment Inquiry Could Dampen Chances of USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(NAFB) — House Democrats seeking to impeach President Donald Trump spells trouble for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA). White House officials claim the effort has “destroyed any chances of legislative progress.” Meanwhile, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says if Democrats in the House use impeachment proceedings as a basis to not act on policy, the effort will halt progress on USMCA. …


Former Agriculture Secretaries Announce Support for USMCA

Dan Biotechnology, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Trade, Wheat

All former U.S. secretaries of agriculture since President Reagan’s administration announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA saying, “We need …


NCGA Leaders Fly-In to Washington

Dan Corn, Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(NCGA) — NCGA State Executives, representing eleven state associations travelled to Washington, D.C. this week to urge members of Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and continue the education effort on NCGA’s Low Carbon/High Octane proposal. The State Executives also pressed lawmakers to use their influence with President Trump regarding potential Administrative actions to mitigate the effects of RFS waivers. …


NCBA Updates USMCA Progress

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Trade

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Director of International Trade and Market Access Kent Bacus joined the Beltway Beef podcast last week to talk about the new USMCA trade agreement that is being debated by legislators. Bacus said a lot of positive work was done between the two sides during the last break.

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Pork Producers Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Gene Edited Livestock Regulatory Framework, Pending GIPSA Rule Also Addressed WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 12, 2019) – Congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), allowing the U.S. pork industry to maintain zero-duty market access to two of its largest export markets, remains a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). More than 120 pork producers from across the …


Urging Congress to Pass USMCA

Dan Trade

Congress returned to session this week but is facing a busy legislative agenda with little time to get it done. But one item of interest to many in agriculture is passing the U.S. Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, worth some $2 billion in new export sales. Mexico has ratified it, Canada says it will, but U.S. lawmakers are busy with …