COSTA FIGHTS FOR VALLEY AGRICULTURE, SECURES LANDMARK TRADE DEAL

Dec 19, 2019
Press Release

 

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after House passage of HR 5430, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“One of my top priorities this year has been to secure new trade opportunities for agriculture,” said Costa. “Throughout this process, I’ve worked in a bipartisan fashion with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to bring people to the table and hammer out a deal. This agreement cements favorable terms that will benefit the farmers, ranchers, and dairy men and women in the San Joaquin Valley, throughout California, and across America.  It also marks an important win for American workers and goes a long way to improve environmental standards by reducing pollution between California and Mexico. I am proud to support the USMCA because ultimately, good trade agreements mean good paying jobs. Getting to yes on an updated NAFTA shows that the United States can reach agreements on trade. The Administration’s trade policies toward China and Europe have hurt Valley agriculture. I call on the Administration to take the momentum from this vote and finalize agreements that provide additional markets to California products.”

Agriculture industry leaders are praising Rep. Costa, who vigorously fought for an updated USMCA that sets a new standard for what Americans should be able to expect from trade agreements:

“Rep. Costa has always understood the value of trade and exports for California agriculture,” said Jamie Johansson, President of the California Farm Bureau Federation. “We appreciate his leadership on helping to bring USMCA to a vote before the House of Representatives. The favorable, bipartisan vote should ultimately lead to much-needed certainty California farmers and ranchers need during turbulent times for international trade markets.”

“This holiday season will be a bit brighter for America’s dairy farmers as today’s vote brings us one step closer to finalizing USMCA and securing a more certain future for the dairy industry,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation. “California’s dairy industry appreciates the work that Congressman Costa has invested to ensure USMCA will provide expanded market opportunities and a more level playing field for dairy exports. Now we are counting on the Senate to act quickly and finalize USMCA in order to deliver its improvements to North American trade.”

 

"In this turbulent trade environment, American farmers need certainty more than ever," said Tom Nassif, President and CEO of the Western Growers Association. "The USMCA not only reaffirms our strong economic ties with our North American neighbors, it offers a new model for how U.S. trade deals should be structured in the future. Western Growers thanks Rep. Costa for his support of fair agricultural trade and market opportunities for our farmers. The producers in California’s 16th District and throughout the state stand to gain from his strong advocacy on this issue. Congressman Costa has long stood with farmers on trade as well as been strong on other important issues such as water and labor."


The USMCA also delivers landmark changes for American workers and is a win for our economy and American families by delivering:

  • Worker Protections: Stronger rules to protect workers from violence and create tough new monitoring tools to ensure that Mexico is complying with its labor reforms.
     
  • Restored Environmental Protections: Establishes environment-focused attachés in Mexico City that will regularly monitor Mexico’s environmental laws, regulations, and practices.
     
  • Prescription Drugs: Secures provisions to lower drug costs and improve access to life-saving medicines.                                              
     

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