Rep. Allred Supports Deal On USMCA

Steven Pickering
December 10, 2019 - 5:35 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Dallas-area Congressman Colin Allred joined Democratic leaders from the House of Representatives Tuesday to announce a deal on the  U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. That proposed trade agreement would replace NAFTA, which took effect in 1994. 

President Trump had announced the USMCA last year, but Congressional Democrats had significant concerns about some of the provisions. "We wanted to make sure we had some accountability and we had some ability to enforce the prescriptions that were in this bill...to make sure that if Mexico did violate any parts of the agreement that we were able to actually enforce that," said Rep. Collin Allred, D-Dallas.

Rep. Allred says trade with Canada and Mexico supports 36,000 jobs in his district, so reaching a deal on the USMCA was important. 

"This is a huge deal for Texas. We're the number one trade state with Mexico, we're number two with Canada. Anything affecting trade with those two countries is going to affect us more than any other state," he said. I was proud to try and help lead this effort and push our caucus to make sure we got this across the line, and I'm glad we did."

Experts say the agreement could help several sectors of the Texas economy, including farmers and ranchers. 

"This is relatively good news for farmers, who have taken a hit in terms of our U.S.-China relations, that things may be a little bit more stable now in terms of exports to Mexico and Canada," said Economist John Harvey at Texas Christian University.

Despite the partisan tensions in Washington surrounding the impeachment inquiry, Rep. Allred is optimistic about the prospects for approval of the revised USMCA. "I think we're going to pass it in the House. I think the Senate will pass it," he said. "Of course, we've been negotiating this entire time with the White House and with the Trade Representative, so I'm confident the President will sign it."

The House of Representatives could take up the revised agreement this year, but any consideration by the U.S. Senate would likely not happen until 2020.