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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Applauds Senate Passage of USMCA

Washington, January 16, 2020 | Rocio Cruz

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force, released the following statement after Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“Trade with Mexico and Canada is an integral part of our economy in Houston and in Texas.  It accounts for billions of dollars and millions of jobs, which is why I worked as Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force to advance the USMCA through the House last year.  I am glad that this trade deal has also passed the Senate today,” said Congresswoman Fletcher.  “The USMCA modernizes the framework for trade and will strengthen the longstanding relationships between our country, Mexico, and Canada, and it represents a bipartisan accomplishment that will set the standard for future trade agreements.”

The USMCA is a trade agreement to modernize the original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  International trade supports an estimated 3 million jobs in Texas.  The state exported a record $315.9 billion in goods in 2018.  Mexico is Texas’ largest trading partner and Canada is the state’s second largest trading partner.  The USMCA enjoys support from a broad coalition of stakeholders, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO.