Farm Bureau applauds USMCA making it through Senate Finance Committee


The Senate Finance Committee voted 25-3 Tuesday to to pass the USMCA trade pact and send the legislation to the full United States Senate.

“USMCA will bring much needed certainty, and real benefits to America’s farmers, workers, and businesses. Farmers are getting better and more reliable market access, which they badly need,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said.

It was a “welcome start” to 2020, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

“We are now one step away from unleashing the competitiveness of America’s farmers and ranchers with our two largest trading partners thanks to today’s Senate Finance Committee vote. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will protect our valuable trade relationships with our nearest neighbors and return certainty to our markets. We urge immediate approval by the full Senate to deliver a much-needed win for agriculture,” he said. “The challenges farmers and ranchers faced in 2019 are no secret, but it’s a new year and we are eager for new opportunities to compete, building on the progress with Japan and the pending announcement of a new China agreement. We hope the USMCA will be a model for future U.S. trade agreements as the administration pursues a level playing field around the globe for our farmers and ranchers.”

The Senate could pass the agreement as early as this month.