I told the Administration months ago that I’d support USMCA if it didn’t screw up what is working with NAFTA. From what I can see, the agreement won’t hurt, but it doesn’t win us the increased access the Administration promised us either. It seems foolish to dig a hole and then celebrate our ability to climb back out of it, but we are where we are.
Passing USMCA will do little to stem the massive losses Minnesota farmers are suffering in the trade war with China and the retaliatory tariffs from other countries in this multifront war. The Administration has yet to give assurances that the tariff war with Canada and Mexico would end even if USMCA is passed.
In short, farmers are hurting, and they are terrified about what would happen if the Trump Administration pulled out of NAFTA without a replacement. I am supporting USMCA to provide some certainty.
Farmers have spent tens of millions of their own money through checkoff programs over the last several decades to open up new markets. If we need to pass USMCA before we can move forward, then let’s take that step now.”