Debate On USMCA Trade Agreement Pushed Back To August

(WNAX) — The timeline for Congressional debate of the USMCA trade agreement is being pushed back. It now looks like the proposal won’t come up until after the August recess. South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson says that appears to be the best case now…

“Well, we are hearing from our friends on the other side of the isle that they expect that fall is a more likely action date for USMCA. But, I think there is a broad group of bipartisan members who understand we have to get USMCA done. This thing makes too much sense for even Washington D.C. to stand in the way.”

Johnson says he wants to see the debate sooner rather than later…

“We can bicker over the timing; July sounds a heck of a lot better to me than September. But, if we get it done in September, I still think that it’s going to provide long-term tremendous value for the ag producers and the manufacturers of our entire country.”

Johnson says the US Trade Negotiator Robert Lighthizer has been working with Members on both sides…

“Bob Lighthizer has done an incredible job. He has made himself available day in and day out. He has sat down with key Democrats who have legitimate questions, and he has patiently worked through their issues. He has an exhausted knowledge of the regional issues and agriculture and manufacturing that are impacted by these trade agreements. He has done a very good job of telling the story that needs to be told about the value of this agreement.”

The agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico would replace the twenty-five-year-old NAFTA deal.