Higgins: USMCA a Start

Says other side deals need more scrutiny

Tom Puckett
October 02, 2018 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As President Trump touted his new USMCA trade agreement with America's North American neighbors, Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins calls it a start.

"There are 12 side agreements we have to read very carefully. I have always said a trade agreement needs to be explicit and enforceable," says Higgins. "The trade agreement language is always convoluted."

Higgins says he's pleased to have Canada involved, and that can help one local industry in particular. "It could remove some barriers with Canada which will improve the situation for Western New York dairy farmers," says Higgins. "That will allow product into Canada, a great benefit to New York dairy farmers."

Congressman Brian Higgins

Higgins reacts to the USMCA trade agreement.
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Higgins adds the automotive industry will also benefit with rules requiring 75 percent of cars must be made with parts made in North America to avoid tariffs.

Congressman Chris Collins says in a statement, “Today’s announcement is proof that House Republicans under President Trump’s leadership are getting our nation back on track and standing up for American interests,” said Collins. “President Trump has stood with Western New York’s dairy farmers to protect this industry and make sure American farmers are being treated fairly. The USMCA is a big win for Western New York and I applaud the President’s hard work.”

Congressman Tom Reed adds in a statement, “This proposed deal brings our trading standards with Mexico and Canada out of the dark ages and into the 21st century and allows our dairy farmers and workers a fair shake at success,” Tom said. “We look forward to further reviewing this deal to verify our all of our local farmers, manufacturers and workers are treated fairly.”

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