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Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House - ICYMI: Ag Committee GOP Leader Conaway Leads 159 Republicans Urging Pelosi to Hold Vote on USMCA

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By: Liz Cheney, Carol Miller, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr., Bryan Steil, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Denver Riggleman III, Rob Wittman, John Curtis, Chris Stewart, Rob Bishop, Brian Babin, John Carter, Michael Cloud, Michael Burgess, Roger Williams, Kenny Marchant, Will Hurd, Pete Olson, Chip Roy, Jodey Arrington, Bill Flores, Randy Weber, Sr., Mac Thornberry, Kay Granger, Mike Conaway, Michael McCaul, Ron Wright, Lance Gooden, John Ratcliffe, Van Taylor, Dan Crenshaw, Louie Gohmert, David Kustoff, Mark Green, John Rose, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Tim Burchett, Phil Roe, Dusty Johnson, Tom Rice, Ralph Norman, Jr., William Timmons, Mike Kelly, Jr., GT Thompson, Jr., Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce, Fred Keller, Lloyd Smucker, Scott Perry, Dan Meuser, Greg Walden, Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Kevin Hern, Anthony Gonzalez, Steve Stivers, Dave Joyce, Troy Balderson, Mike Turner, Warren Davidson, Bob Gibbs, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Chabot, Tom Reed II, Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin, Mark Amodei, Adrian Smith, Donald Bacon, Kelly Armstrong, Ted Budd, Mark Meadows, Patrick McHenry, Dan Bishop, Richard Hudson, Jr., David Rouzer, Mark Walker, Virginia Foxx, Greg Murphy, George Holding, Greg Gianforte, Steven Palazzo, Michael Guest, Trent Kelly, Jason Smith, Billy Long, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Peter Stauber, Tom Emmer, Jim Hagedorn, Paul Mitchell, Tim Walberg, John Moolenaar, Jack Bergman, Garret Graves, Ralph Abraham, Mike Johnson, Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise, Andy Barr, Brett Guthrie, James Comer, Jr., Ron Estes, Steven Watkins, Jr., Roger Marshall, Trey Hollingsworth III, Larry Bucshon, Greg Pence, Susan Brooks, Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski, Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost, Mike Simpson, Steve King, Tom Graves, Jr., Rick Allen, Barry Loudermilk, Jody Hice, Doug Collins, Drew Ferguson, Buddy Carter, Greg Steube, Vern Buchanan, Gus Bilirakis, Matt Gaetz, Ken Buck, Scott Tipton, Ken Calvert, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Tom McClintock, Doug LaMalfa, Debbie Lesko, David Schweikert, Bruce Westerman, Steve Womack, French Hill, Rick Crawford, Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers, Bradley Byrne, Donald Young, Kevin Brady
Date: Dec. 9, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

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.

Sincerely,


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