Kansas lawmakers comment on new North American trade deal

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President Donald Trump speaks as he announces a revamped North American free trade deal, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The new deal, reached just before a midnight deadline imposed by the U.S., will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It replaces the 24-year-old North […]

President Donald Trump is celebrating his latest revamped trade agreement with America’s two neighbors and is calling the pact for the United States, Mexico and Canada the USMCA.

The agreement was reached late Sunday and gives U.S. farmers greater access to the Canadian dairy market. But it keeps the former North American Free Trade Agreement dispute-resolution process that the U.S. wanted to jettison. It offers Canada protection if Trump goes ahead with plans to impose tariffs on cars, trucks and auto parts imported into the United States.

Kansas lawmakers offered their reactions.

Senator Jerry Moran:

“Over the past year and a half, I have expressed directly and repeatedly to President Trump, Ambassador Lighthizer, Secretary Ross and my colleagues in the Senate that we need more trade, not less. I have been clear that both Canada and Mexico – Kansas’ top two export markets – must be part of any final agreement. I appreciate the administration working to make certain these markets remain available to Kansas farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, providing them some much-needed certainty. I will further analyze the details of this agreement, but this announcement is clearly a positive development.”

Congressman Ron Estes:

“Canada’s inclusion in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement is great news for Kansas farmers and manufacturers in the Fourth District and around the country. Canada is Kansas’ top export market worth $2.5 billion, underscoring the critical impact of today’s announcement. Since entering Congress, I have called for free and fair trade and modernizing NAFTA. Trade with our North American partners has been beneficial to Kansas’ Fourth District, especially our farmers, ranchers and aerospace manufacturers. However, the more than 20-year-old agreement was outdated. President Trump has delivered on another promise and I look forward to reviewing the agreement with my colleagues in Congress.”

Congressman Roger Marshall:

“After more than a year of negotiations, I am ecstatic to see Canada agree to a fair deal and join the U.S. and Mexico in reinstating NAFTA. Last year Kansas exports to Canada totaled $2.5 billion dollars, so having Canada on board is a huge win for Kansas. From day one this administration advocated for fair trade agreements. The past year has been hard not knowing what agreement would come out of the administration’s tough negotiations, but rural America had confidence in the President and his trade negotiators that we’d strike a better deal. This agreement will eliminate Canada’s class 7 milk pricing scheme and includes provisions requiring equity in grain grading, two significant wins for Kansas.”

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