USMCA Trade Agreement Needs Action Now

October 25, 2019

The Government of Mexico approved it. The Government of Canada approved it. Now it’s time for the United States Government to approve the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). 

The USMCA brings the more than 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into the 21st century and is critical to all segments of Michigan’s economy. Trade with Canada and Mexico supports 12 million American jobs and 49 U.S. states count Mexico or Canada as one of their top three merchandise export markets. In Michigan, more than 117,400 manufacturing Jobs alone depend on exports to Canada and Mexico.

What has the Michigan Chamber done to help encourage passage of the USMCA? Everything we can and we will continue to demand action until its finally approved. The Michigan Chamber has worked closely with our national partners at the US Chamber and the National Association of Manufacturers to write and co-sign numerous letters. We’ve also worked with our national partners to motivate our members to participate in letter-writing campaigns. 

Early last week, Chamber lobbyist, Dan Papineau, traveled to Washington, DC to meet with key members of the Michigan Delegation to again stress the importance of taking action on the USMCA. We’ve met with members of Congress in their districts as well. Phone calls, in person meetings, letters, social media… whatever it takes we must keep the pressure on.

Here's what we know about the current status of the USMCA negotiation between the Executive office and the US House: A workgroup of nine key US House members have been called on to work with the President to hammer out a deal. It sounds like the conversations are productive and we are encouraged at the work being done. The votes in the House are there. The votes in the Senate are there. Speaker Pelosi must allow for a vote.  

While we feel positive, we MUST keep the pedal on the metal. We must continue to demand action now more than ever.  

For more information on the work the Michigan Chamber is doing regarding approval of the USMCA, please contact Dan Papineau at dpapineau@michamber.com.