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December 10, 2019

Inhofe Praises Announcement of Path Forward on USMCA

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the announcement of a path forward on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. Inhofe was the only member of the Oklahoma delegation who opposed NAFTA because it harmed American truckers and put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage. Currently, roughly 15,000 jobs in Oklahoma are supported by agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico. That equals nearly $2 billion a year. Read more in his October op-ed in the Oklahoman entitled Point of View: Trump's trade policies benefit Oklahoma business.

“For the first time in decades, we have a president who is willing to put American jobs and workers first,” Inhofe said. “President Trump is refreshingly unapologetic in his commitment to American workers and the result is a new NAFTA – one that actually promotes free and fair trade. However, since President Trump’s announcement of the USMCA trade agreement well over a year ago, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the House Democrats have chosen to let this important trade agreement collect dust, prohibiting its consideration on the House floor, focusing instead on their ridiculous impeachment obsession. Because of relentless pressure from our farmers, businesses and manufacturers who are counting on the USMCA to open up new markets, the deal can now be swiftly considered in both the House and Senate. I am eager to get this to the president’s desk.”

Inhofe urged the House to bring the trade deal up for a vote, along with the rest of the Oklahoma delegation, on both October 1 of this year and again last week.

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