Missouri officials and organizations voiced their opinions after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Thursday.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said it was a monumental step forward in a statement issued Thursday:
“Today’s vote in the House of Representatives is a monumental step forward in the ultimate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Trade is vital to Missouri’s agricultural economy, and the USMCA will strengthen and grow the trading partnership we enjoy with Canada and Mexico.
“Over the past several months, Missouri Farm Bureau members have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the positive impacts of USMCA – even invoking the Village People to do so. We’re thankful to Missouri’s Congressional delegation who supported the bill and look forward to its approval in the Senate.”
Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said the trade agreement was great news in a statement issued Thursday:
“The last month has been packed full with positive news on agriculture trade. There’s no better time than the holiday season for my fellow farmers and ranchers in Missouri to receive the great news from Washington today that we are one step closer to ratifying the gold standard trade agreement that is USMCA.
"We know that every trade agreement that gets finalized by officials in the United States sends a strong signal to our trade partners across the world that we are all on the same page with agriculture trade: our farmers and ranchers deserve better.
"With positive trade news being announced on trade with China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and the European Union recently, there’s something for almost every Missouri farmer to celebrate this year.
"I appreciate the President’s thoughtfulness in his approach to building a stronger trade environment for all Missourians. In the Show Me State, we will wait to celebrate USMCA until Congress shows us a final product crossing the finish line.”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson applauded the progress on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a statement issued Thursday:
“President Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continue to deliver positive news on the trade front.
"As a proud farmer, I know that Missouri is a national leader among agriculture states, ranking top ten in the United States for production in nearly every major commodity.
“Once implemented, USMCA will be the gold standard trade agreement our country uses to measure all other deals moving forward. It not only modernizes agriculture trade but also benefits the American worker.
"The agreement has the potential to create 176,000 jobs and add $68 billion to our economy. We applaud the House of Representatives for completing the first step and look forward to seeing the Senate follow suit.”