Finkenauer Statement on New Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico

December 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the announcement of a new trade deal between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

“The deal that democrats secured today through the Trade Representative, working with Canada and Mexico, provides certainty to our farmers that the president won't pull out of NAFTA or close down the border, as he has dangerously threatened to do. It also ensures we can enforce labor and environmental standards that will protect Iowa jobs, and eliminates a provision in the original USMCA that would have locked in high prescription drug prices for years to come.”

“While this is a historic update to an important trade deal with our largest trading partners, I will continue to focus on issues that are hurting our agriculture and manufacturing economy in Iowa. As we still lack any agreement or certainty in markets with China for our soybean farmers and manufacturers, and have seen the devastating effects of this administration siding with big oil over our corn growers, I remain as concerned as I was yesterday about the future of our economy in Iowa. I hope our Governor and Senators will join me in my urgency to the Trump administration to not ignore what we see happening on the ground and in our communities in Iowa from bankruptcy to ethanol plant closures, we cannot let up.”