The House could vote on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement as soon as this week.
In an exclusive interview with Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal news director John Herath for the DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Democratic House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to get the USMCA vote on the fast track.
The USMCA working group has been meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to negotiate changes to the trade agreement required to get votes from both sides of the aisle. Peterson told Wiesemeyer and Herath that he anticipates that work will clear the way for rapid approval in all three countries.
U.S. farm groups have united in support of a vote approving USMCA. For example, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) launched a campaign on Thursday called “It’s Pork O’Clock Somewhere,” to highlight the importance and benefits of the USMCA.
“Ratification of USMCA is the top priority for U.S. pork producers and there is no better way to highlight its importance than a campaign that illustrates how pork is enjoyed across United States, Canada and Mexico,” says David Herring, NPPC president and a pork producer in Lillington, N.C. “A USMCA agreement provides much-needed market certainty for U.S. pork producers, ensuring zero-duty market access to two of our largest export markets.”
Last year, more than 40% of U.S. pork exported went to Canada and Mexico. The campaign thanks lawmakers for making USMCA ratification this year a priority and highlights the history behind pork-related dishes in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
House Ag Chair: USMCA Vote As Soon as Next Week