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White House, Democrats Making Progress on USMCA

AFBF President: "Time to wrap up negotiations and ratify USMCA"

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Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way” to “maybe” on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, reports the AP.

House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

Negotiators so far have not offered details on where they’re making progress.

“One message came through loud and clear from yesterday’s hearing: It’s time to wrap up negotiations and ratify USMCA," says American Farm Bureau (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall. "Rarely, if ever, have we heard support from such diverse interests, recognizing the benefits of this agreement.

"We urge those at the table to double down on finalizing implementation details so this agreement can be quickly approved," he continues. “We need USMCA now to strengthen relationships with our North American trading partners and improve access to these markets.”

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