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Ambassador Lighthizer Issues Statement on House Passage of the USMCA

December 19, 2019

Washington, DC –  United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 385-41:

“House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing U.S. trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.  The USMCA is expected to create between 176,000 and 589,000 new American jobs and substantially increase economic growth.  The International Trade Commission’s analysis shows that USMCA will have a more positive impact on our economy, jobs and wages than any other U.S. trade agreement ever negotiated.  

“It will create tens of thousands of new jobs—many importantly in manufacturing—and increase export opportunities for our farmers, ranchers and businesses.  President Trump is keeping his promise to replace the failed NAFTA with a far better trade agreement.  Thanks to his leadership and the work of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the USMCA represents the gold standard in U.S. trade policy and will be the template for U.S. trade agreements going forward.

“This is the first-ever trade coalition of workers, farmers, Republicans, Democrats, business and agriculture groups, organized labor and much more.  I would like to thank the many members of the House and Senate for getting us to this point.  I would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the business community, agriculture groups, and organized labor who have supported the agreement.”