Rep. Fudge Statement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement


Date: Dec. 19, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Today,Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal:

"Today I voted "no' on the USMCA because it neither adequately enforces labor standards nor sufficiently curbs the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. The USMCA does not live up to the Administration's promises to improve upon the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ensure a significant number of jobs return to America. The trade agreement also fails to address climate change in a meaningful way.

"NAFTA devastated industries in Northeast Ohio and communities across the country. I do not want us to find ourselves in the same situation after five years of USMCA.

"Protecting our workers and their collective bargaining rights and addressing climate change in a way that supports workers in frontline communities like Cleveland and Akron are very important to me.

"Our trade deals must be enforceable and secure, increase American job opportunities, and serve to protect our world environment. Unfortunately, this one leaves too much to chance."