I rise to express my hope and expectation that the Trump Administration and Congress will resolve the few outstanding issues so that Congress can take a strong, bipartisan vote to modernize NAFTA, our outdated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and replace it with U-S-M-C-A, a better agreement that will benefit America’s workers, farmers, businesses, and families—while also fortifying our relationship with our two closest neighbors.
As a member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, I believe well-negotiated trade agreements can improve our economy and security. But I also know poorly-negotiated trade pacts can hurt America’s workers and make it harder to maintain broad-based support for the concept of freer and fairer trade.
U-S-M-C-A fixes flaws in some NAFTA chapters, based on the lessons we have learned since NAFTA was enacted in 1994. It also adds new chapters to reflect the reality that the world has undergone major changes in the last 25 years.
I support the deliberate and productive negotiations taking place between the Administration and House Democrats.
I think both sides are working in good faith, with the shared goal of getting the best possible agreement over the finish line. Each side realizes inaction is not an option because NAFTA must be revised.
I also support bipartisan and bicameral efforts by the Florida delegation to protect our farmers who grow seasonal produce from unfair competition.
When it comes to U-S-M-C-A, it’s important we move swiftly and with a sense of urgency, but it’s just as important that we get this right.