News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

Now that Congress is back in session and our legislative work is in full swing, one major item on the agenda needs to be the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

After 25 years, it is time for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to be replaced with a 21st Century deal. NAFTA helped grow the economy by improving the trade relationship with our partners to the north and south, but USMCA is the modern deal America deserves. 

Minnesota's trade relationships with Canada and Mexico have been paramount to our continued economic success. Watch the video below to learn more about our important trade partnership and what USMCA could mean for all three nations. 

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The improvements in USMCA include the elimination of Canada’s Class 7 dairy pricing scheme and increased access to the Canadian market; increased market access for poultry and wheat producers, which will benefit many farmers throughout the Sixth Congressional District and Minnesota! It also includes important updates to digital property and vehicle manufacturing rules which will provide benefits for years to come.

This agreement also has components that did not exist in NAFTA, such as enhanced enforcement on intellectual property rights, newly defined rules on digital trade, and a stand-alone chapter on small and medium sized enterprises. These updates are necessary, and have been for years. As our economy evolves, and the expansion of digital commerce and disputes over intellectual property rights will only become more pervasive over time. We must have an updated trade agreement in place to keep pace with our ever changing economy.

Minnesota's farmers, ranchers, business owners and manufacturers rely on stable and fair trade agreements. Ratifying USMCA will provide certainty to Americans who work to feed and supply the entire world. The USMCA is a good deal for all Americans and it's time to act is now.

Sincerely,

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