Victory attends signing of historic North American trade deal

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Roger Victory attended President Trump’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday at the White House.

The USMCA provides a 21st century trade agreement for North America with favorable provisions to agriculture, autoworkers and manufacturing jobs.

“As a senator and farmer from West Michigan, I am honored to have been part of President Trump’s historic signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “It has not been easy for our farming families and small businesses. Our dairy industry is in crisis, our produce markets have been flooded by imported products, and we are facing new challenges from weather and regulations at every turn.”

Last October, the state Senate approved Senate Resolution 73, sponsored by Victory. The resolution urged Congress to quickly approve the USMCA and was instrumental in its passage.

Victory said the USMCA will:
• Create a more level playing field for American workers, including improved rules of origin for automobiles, trucks and other products;
• Benefit American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses by modernizing and strengthening food and agriculture trade in North America;
• Support a 21st century economy through new protections for U.S. intellectual property and ensuring opportunities for trade in U.S. services;
• Help establish digital trade, anti-corruption and good regulatory practices; and
• Help ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from the agreement.

“The USMCA will provide certainty for our agricultural and manufacturing sectors. It will level the playing field and stabilize markets, especially for our milk producers,” Victory said. “This is a huge win for Michigan’s farming families and small businesses; the USMCA is set to propel Michigan’s agricultural industry well into the next decade with renewed security and confidence.”