KS politicians react to US Senate passing USMCA

Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 12:14 PM CST
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Kansas officials are responding to the passage of the USMCA Trade Deal in the Senate.

Sen. Pat Roberts was happy with what he called a "critical trade agreement."

“It has been over a year since President Trump signed the USMCA, and I am proud that today the Senate has finally passed this critical trade agreement,” said Sen. Roberts. “Today marks a crucial moment for our nation’s trading relationships with Mexico and Canada. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, I know firsthand what this passage means for the success of our farmers, ranchers, producers and manufacturers who fiercely rely on trade. Now with the USMCA on its way to the President’s desk, I urge President Trump to act quickly in implementing this agreement so hardworking Americans can start reaping the benefits from the certainty it ensures.”

Sen. Jerry Moran emphasized the impact the deal will have on Kansas.

“Passing the USMCA is a major step in implementing this 21st-century trade deal and providing needed certainty for Kansas farmers, ranchers and manufacturers,” said Sen. Moran. “Over one-third of Kansas exports go to Canada and Mexico making those countries Kansas’ two largest export markets. I appreciate Senate leaders listening to my request and quickly moving this important trade agreement to a vote on the Senate floor. I have heard directly from many Kansas producers on the vital importance of a modern trade deal that expands export opportunities, and I applaud President Trump’s work to get this trade deal accomplished.”

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle praised the swift passage of the deal.

"I applaud the U.S. Senate for acting quickly and passing the USMCA trade deal. This is a huge win for Kansas farmers and ranchers, small businesses, and manufacturers. One third of U.S. agricultural exports are between Canada and Mexico. This deal will help keep our workers working and will lead to more good paying jobs in the future."

Gov. Laura Kelly also shared her praise of the deal.

“This is an important and welcome development in Kansas, especially as our farmers and ranchers struggle to rebuild after an historic year of natural disasters,” Governor Kelly said. “With more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, world markets offer tremendous growth opportunities for Kansas agriculture. USMCA will create enhanced export opportunities and help Kansans capitalize on the increased global demand for food and agriculture products.”

Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam had the following to say.

“This agreement is great news for Kansas, especially Kansas agriculture,” he said. “Mexico and Canada are consistently in the top three trade partners for Kansas so maintaining these strong relationships is critical for agricultural exports in the state.”

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