Woodall Applauds Senate for Sending USMCA To President's Desk

Press Release

Date: Jan. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Trade

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall responded to news that the Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 89 to 10. The USMCA updates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the more than two decade old trade deal that allows for duty free trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

"Today is a great day for American workers, manufacturers, and employers. President Trump promised during his campaign to renegotiate NAFTA and bring it into the 21st Century, and today, with the Senate's approval of the USMCA, he keeps his promise and signs what I believe is the best trade deal of my lifetime," said Congressman Woodall.

"This agreement saves Georgia's manufacturers between $352 million and $1.5 billion in extra taxes on goods exported to Canada and Mexico -- our two largest export markets. That means more exports, which means higher wages and more jobs. To say the USMCA is a big deal to Georgians, especially those in the agriculture industry, would be a tremendous understatement. With this new deal in place, I expect our Georgia producers to put there foot on the gas, and that's good for all Georgians."