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Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on President Trump's USMCA Signing


Date: Jan. 29, 2020
Issues: Trade

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

"It is unfortunate that President Trump decided not to invite Democrats to the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement at the White House. This bipartisan agreement wouldn't have been possible without Democrats in Congress, who not only voted for the agreement but made significant changes to the deal to benefit the American worker. The signing of a significant trade agreement should rise above politics, yet unfortunately the President turned this achievement into a partisan photo-op.

"The USMCA is far from perfect, but compared to the status quo, it presents an opportunity to improve the lives of American workers by replacing NAFTA. The original USMCA put forward by the Trump Administration left Michigan workers vulnerable to more pink slips, plant closures and jobs being outsourced to Mexico. House Democrats rewrote a better USMCA to include the strongest enforcement mechanisms of any U.S. trade agreement ever and remove the Trump Administration's giveaway to pharmaceutical companies.

"I disagree with the President on many issues. But I have always said that I am willing to work with President Trump on areas where we can make real progress on the issues facing the American people. Democrats are getting things done in Congress--it is now incumbent on the President to work with us on other important issues like lowering drug prices and investing in America's infrastructure."