Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Votes in Support of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act

Dec 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush voted in support of H.R. 5430, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act, which includes a series of transformative improvements to the Trump Administration’s USMCA as originally proposed and will set a new floor for standards in future U.S. trade agreements.

“Illinois depends on our reciprocal trading relationship with Canada and Mexico, which supports almost half a million jobs in Illinois.  However, I have also seen the damage wrought by well-meaning free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, that have caused many well-paying jobs to leave my district.  That is why I am pleased to see the implementation of the USMCA, which includes key provisions secured by House Democrats.

“In particular, this trade agreement will create a new labor enforcement mechanism that protects workers’ rights and holds non-compliant actors accountable, as well as a new customs verification mechanism to make sure that our trading partners are complying with international environmental agreements.  These provisions were conspicuously absent from the original USMCA proposed by the Trump Administration but have since been included at the behest of this House of Representatives.

“This new and improved trade deal will support workers, protect the environment, and bring down prescription drug prices.  With that said, this trade deal is but a first step in creating even stronger deals which benefit American workers,” said Rush.

The USMCA is supported by the following organizations:

American Council of Life Insurers

AFL-CIO

AgriBank District Farm Credit Council

Alliance for American Manufacturing

AMCOT

American Chemistry Council

American Cotton Producers

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Petroleum Institute

American Soybean Association

American Trucking Association

Association for Accessible Medicines

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

AT&T

Business Roundtable

Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing

Cargill

Coalition of Service Industries

Consumer Technology Association

Cotton Growers Warehouse Association

Cotton Warehouse Association of America

Cottonseed and Feed Association

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Electronic Transactions Association

Farmers for Free Trade

Ford

Foreign Policy for America

IBM

Illinois Farm Bureau

Information Technology Industry Council

Intel

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International Dairy Foods Association

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Narrow Fabrics Institute

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of REALTORS

National Chicken Council

National Corn Growers Association

National Council of Textiles Organizations

National Electrical Contractors Association

National Farmers Union

National Grain and Feed Association

National Marine Manufacturers Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Turkey Federation

Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

North American Meat Institute

SEAMS

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

TechNet: The Voice of The Innovation Economy

The Software Alliance

Toyota

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute

U.S. Wheat Associates/National Assoc of Wheat Growers

United Steelworkers

UPS

Visa Inc.