December 19, 2019

AZ Business Magazine

House passes bipartisan USMCA agreement

After months of advocating for an improved North American trade policy, Rep. Greg Stanton today helped advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the finish line. The U.S. House passed the agreement with a 385 to 41 vote. 

Stanton spoke in favor of H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, during today’s debate. 

“Those of us in border states understand the value of trading with our neighbors, and I can tell you that growing trade relationships with Mexico and Canada is essential to Arizona—and this new agreement will offer a big lift to our local companies,” Stanton said. “Today we have a real opportunity to cement certainty for job creators. From multinational companies to mid-sized and small businesses, from tech workers to farm workers, there’s no doubt that the new USMCA is a win for all Arizonans.” 

Stanton has ramped up his advocacy for strong trade relationships from his time as Phoenix Mayor to Congress. 

Last month, Stanton spoke on the House Floor in support of USMCA progress.

In July, Stanton signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for continued negotiations with the Administration to secure the United States’ relationship with Canada and Mexico—and a vote on the agreement before the end of the year. 

Stanton and Gov. Doug Ducey hosted a tele-town hall over the summer with the National Association of Manufacturers to hear from business owners about the importance of trade with Mexico. Earlier this week, Stanton shared stories from 10 Arizona businesses and trade associations calling on Congress to support the USMCA.

The agreement now heads to the Senate for consideration.