Problem Solvers Caucus Applauds the Timely Passage of USMCA

December 19, 2019
Press Release

Today, December 19, 2019, Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus applaud the efforts of the White House and Congressional Leadership on the House passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This important international trade deal would modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA and promote mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

Earlier this year, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), joined together to request a timely vote on this nonpartisan economic proposal that benefits all American workers and farmers. Last month the Caucus issued a statement requesting discussions around the USMCA to be brought to a timely vote. The group of Democrats and Republicans are pleased to see that it has in fact been voted on before the year’s end.

“Bringing the USMCA to a vote is good for the American people,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Tom Reed. “Its passage through the House is a huge victory where people are put ahead of politics, and I thank my colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus for supporting this effort. It is time to get this to the President’s desk, as it is particularly good for our American farmers and workers.”

Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer said, “I am pleased that the USMCA was swiftly voted on before year's end so we can look forward to the new year. I commend everyone involved in reaching this bipartisan deal and passage on USMCA, including my colleagues in Congress, the White House, the U.S. Trade Representative, labor groups, American workers, farmers, and businesses. This deal will be an incredible boost for jobs across the United States and will bring our trade relationships with Mexico and Canada into the modern era."

The USMCA was signed by United States President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 30, 2018 as a side event of the 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires.

 

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprising 48 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. It is co-chaired by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).

 

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