Congresswoman Angie Craig Applauds USMCA House Passage

December 19, 2019
Press Release

Today, Rep. Angie Craig voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with overwhelming bipartisan support, giving family farmers and Minnesota businesses a new deal with our largest trading partners.

Rep. Craig worked for months to help finalize a final trade agreement that is good for family farmers and protects American workers - without providing a hand out to prescription drugs companies. She met several times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and led a group of over 100 Members of Congress in pushing back on a provision advocated by Big Pharma that would have extended market exclusivity on biologic drugs in the agreement. It was removed from the final trade deal.

“Over the past few months I’ve heard from farmers and businesses about the need for a trade deal that opens up export markets, and I’ve pushed to make sure hard-working Minnesotans weren’t given a false choice between dependable markets and affordable healthcare,” said Rep. Angie Craig. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues and the Administration get this across the finish line. I’m pleased to vote for this important trade agreement, and now it’s time for Mitch McConnell to prioritize this in the Senate.”

USMCA seeks to protect American jobs, improve labor standards abroad, and promote economic growth for family farmers and workers. This agreement has the overwhelming support of American labor groups, farm organizations, and business coalitions.

“The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks Congresswoman Angie Craig for her tireless work to stand up for our small businesses in the final USMCA deal. Our members will now have reliable markets with Mexico and Canada, our largest trade partners,” said Maureen Scallen Failor, President of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Minnesota Farm Bureau greatly appreciates Congresswoman Craig's support for USMCA. She knows that Minnesota farmers needed an agreement that strengthens North America’s strong, balanced partnership that locks in market opportunities previously developed with our two closest neighbors that makes us more competitive internationally,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Papp. “Ratifying USMCA sends a signal to trading partners across the world that the U.S. is back in business in the international marketplace.”

“On behalf of MFU’s family farmer members, I want to thank Congresswoman Craig for her hard work on USMCA, especially for standing firm on eliminating the provision on biologic drugs, which would have driven up health care costs for many farmers and others,” said Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish. “It was worthwhile to Minnesota’s family farmers that she and other members of Minnesota’s delegation took the time negotiating for a better deal than what was initially proposed.”

“This holiday season will be a bit brighter for America’s dairy farmers as today’s vote brings us one step closer to finalizing USMCA and securing a more certain future for the dairy industry,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation. “Minnesota’s dairy industry appreciates the work that Congresswoman Craig has invested to ensure USMCA will provide expanded market opportunities and a more level playing field for dairy exports. Now we are counting on the Senate to act quickly and finalize USMCA in order to deliver its improvements to North American trade.”

“The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (AgriGrowth) is pleased with the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Craig’s membership on the House Committee on Agriculture, as well as her leadership and support of this extremely important trade agreement is most appreciated,” stated AgriGrowth Chairman Pat Lunemann. “Swift ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is critical to AgriGrowth’s membership, which includes food producers, processors, and every business that has a connection to the second largest economic driver in the state,” said Tamara Nelsen, Executive Director for AgriGrowth. “It is great to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle - as well as representatives from agriculture, labor, manufacturing, and other sectors - come to an agreement on a deal that means the difference between profit and loss to Minnesota’s agri-food industry.”

Rep. Craig remains committed to working with the Administration when it benefits Minnesota’s Second Congressional District and pushing back on anyone or any ideas that hurt them.