Moolenaar Votes for Trade Agreement That Benefits Michigan Workers, Farmers

December 19, 2019
Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), a new trade deal between those nations that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The new agreement fulfills President Donald Trump's promise during the 2016 campaign to pursue a better trade agreement for the American people.

"Hardworking men and women in Michigan are enjoying a strong economy right now with rising wages and low unemployment. The USMCA is another win for those workers because it levels the playing field for manufacturing and makes our country more competitive with our neighbors," said Congressman John Moolenaar. "This agreement also helps Michigan farmers, especially our dairy farmers in the Fourth District, by opening new markets for them to sell their products."

“This holiday season will be a bit brighter for America’s dairy farmers as today’s vote brings us one step closer to finalizing USMCA and securing a more certain future for the dairy industry,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “Michigan’s dairy industry appreciates the work that Congressman Moolenaar has done to ensure USMCA will provide expanded market opportunities and a more level playing field for dairy exports. Now we are counting on the Senate to act quickly and finalize USMCA in order to deliver its improvements to North American trade.”

The agreement was first signed on November 30, 2018, by President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on November 30, 2018. More than a year later, it finally received a vote in the House of Representatives.