Time to get to back to work

From the Capitol


Nov. 30, 2019, marks one year since leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico came together to sign the initial USMCA trade deal. However, Democrats have failed to ratify this important agreement, despite Speaker Pelosi promising for months to make USMCA a priority. We are now 15 days away from a one-year anniversary of inaction — inaction that is hurting the American people.

Rather than focusing on undoing the last election, Speaker Pelosi should bring USMCA to the floor for a vote. This deal, which would improve fairness surrounding American exports, increase intellectual property protections and promote small businesses, would undoubtedly pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.

USMCA is estimated to boost our economy by:

• Raising GDP by $68.2 billion

• Creating 176,000 jobs

• Increasing U.S. exports to Canada by $19.1 billion and to Mexico by $12.4 billion

And let’s not forget, Californians would also reap the benefits.

There are approximately 124,000 agricultural producers in California, and agricultural exports amount to $20.5 billion. USMCA would help our ag community by:

• Repealing Canada’s unfair milk pricing policies and providing American dairy producers with greater market access in Canada for an array of products

• Giving poultry producers new access to Canada for chicken and eggs

• Improving trade in fruits and vegetables through science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures that will help U.S. specialty crop growers

Enough is enough. It’s time that Democrats get to work for the American people.

Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, represents the 23rd Congressional District. He is currently the House Republican Leader.

Story First Published: 2019-11-15