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ICYMI: Ag Committee GOP Leader Conaway Leads 159 Republicans Urging Pelosi to Hold Vote on USMCA

December 09, 2019

Washington, D.C. –  On Monday, the 374th day since the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was finalized and signed, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway led a group of 159 Republican members in sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging immediate consideration and passage of this vital trade agreement.

Ranking Member Conaway was joined by Representatives Kevin Brady (TX-08), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Steve Scalise (LA-01), Liz Cheney (WY-AL), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Trent Kelly (MS-01), Rick Crawford (AR-01), Rick W. Allen (GA-12), David Rouzer (NC-07), Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (LA-05), Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04),Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Ron Wright (TX-06), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Bill Flores (TX-17), Gregory F. Murphy, M.D. (NC-03), Don Bacon (NE-02), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Mike Bost (IL-12), Tom McClintock (CA-04), John Shimkus (IL-15), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Greg Pence (IN-06), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), David P. Roe, M.D. (TN-01), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Michael T. McCaul (TX-10), Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL), Troy Balderson (OH-12), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Greg Gianforte (MT-AL), Denver Riggleman (VA-05), Roger Williams (TX-25), Jodey C. Arrington (TX-19), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Jody B. Hice (GA-10), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Tom Emmer (MN-06), Mark Walker (NC-06), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Scott R. Tipton (CO-03), Frank D. Lucas (OK-03), Steve Womack (AR-03), James R. Baird (IN-04), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Adrian Smith (NE-03), Lee M. Zeldin (NY-01), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Mark E. Green, M.D. (TN-07), John W. Rose (TN-06), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Van Taylor (TX-03), James Comer (KY-01), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Devin Nunes (CA-22), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), Steven M. Palazzo (MS-04), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Kay Granger (TX-12), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Robert B. Aderholt (AL-04), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Tom Reed (NY-23), Darin LaHood (IL-18), Mike Rogers (AL-03), Ron Estes (KS-04), J. French Hill (AR-02), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Tim Burchett (TN-02), Ted Budd (NC-13),  Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), A. Drew Ferguson, IV (GA-03), Tom Rice (SC-07), Roger W. Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), David P. Joyce (OH-14), Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M (OH-02), Michael Guest (MS-03), Brian Babin, D.D.S. (TX-36), Pete Olson (TX-22), Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Will Hurd (TX-23), Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Randy Weber (TX-14), Warren Davidson (OH-08), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Vern Buchanan (FL-16), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Garret Graves (LA-06), Patrick T. McHenry (NC-10), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), John R. Carter (TX-31), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), Ken Buck (CO-04), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Billy Long (MO-07), Elise M. Stefanik (NY-21), Jason Smith (MO-08), Sam Graves (MO-06), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), John R. Moolenaar (MI-04), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Jim Banks (IN-03), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Fred Keller (PA-12), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Jim Jordan (OH-04), David Kustoff (TN-08), John R. Curtis (UT-03), Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), W. Gregory Steube (FL-17), Ben Cline (VA-06), Robert J. Wittman (VA-01), William R. Timmons, IV (SC-04), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Scott Perry (PA-10), Michael R. Turner (OH-10), Carol D. Miller (WV-03), Tom Cole (OK-04), George Holding (NC-02), Steve King (IA-04), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Andy Barr (KY-06), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), Pete Stauber (MN-08), Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), Bryan Steil (WI-01), Steve Watkins (KS-02), Chip Roy (TX-21), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Robert E. Latta (OH-05), Daniel Meuser (PA-09), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Tom Graves (GA-14), Rob Bishop (UT-1), Doug Collins (GA-9), Greg Walden (OR-2), H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Don Young (AK-AL), and Mark Amodei (NV-02).


The text of the letter follows:




Dear Speaker Pelosi:


The undersigned Republican Members strongly urge you to ensure that the House of Representatives takes up and passes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year.


With just two weeks remaining, the House has so far squandered the first session of the 116th Congress.


Rather than working together to pass bipartisan measures that could be signed into law, House Democrats have instead obsessed over a partisan impeachment process of which the sole purpose is to overturn the decision of voters in the 2016 election.  The little remaining time has largely been consumed by passing partisan messaging bills that have no chance of enactment, even in the case where common ground could easily have been found.


Thankfully, it is not too late for House Democrats to do the right thing.  For starters, the House should finally stop dithering on USMCA and pass this critically important trade agreement.


Nearly every agriculture group in America has called on Congress to pass USMCA, which significantly improves trade relations with our two largest trading partners that together purchase about one-third of all U.S. agricultural exports.  Under USMCA, U.S. agricultural exports alone are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually, helping to build on the 325,000 American jobs that are already reliant on our nation’s exports to Mexico and Canada.


Significant new market access for U.S. dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey producers is expected under the agreement while strides are also made in favor of our wheat farmers.  These and other improvements will greatly benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers who are struggling under the weight of a recession that began in late 2014.


Expanding U.S. agriculture exports through truly free and fair trade agreements will help put American agriculture back on its feet.


Mexico is already our corn growers’ number one customer, while Canada and Mexico buy close to half of our pork products.  And beef sales to our immediate neighbors are estimated to add about $70 per head to the bottom line of U.S. cattlemen.  Under USMCA, the United States has a real opportunity to expand on these successes at a time when U.S. farmers and ranchers and rural America need help the most.


USMCA already contains the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement considered by the U.S. to date, and the Trump Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to address these issues because the President is absolutely focused on ensuring a level playing field for all U.S. workers.


Passing USMCA is a chance for the House to chalk up one critically important victory for the American people, and we urge you to seize this opportunity.