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Iowa needs the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Trade with Canada and Mexico supports many Iowa farmers, so a good trade relationship with both of these countries is necessary. In order for Iowa to continue profitably selling products to these countries, there needs to be tariff-free trade within North America. Such trade would come with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The Mexican Senate has approved the USMCA and Canada’s legislature is beginning consideration of the USMCA. It is vital that our members of Congress come together in support of passing the USMCA quickly because the USMCA protects and supports workers across the United States.

Farmers throughout Iowa currently support passing the USMCA because they recognize that if the USMCA is not passed, they will have to pay extreme costs in order to send their goods to other countries in North America. Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, has also put his support behind the USMCA because this agreement will create more market openings for farmers in the U.S., especially in Iowa, to sell their goods.

Without the support from Iowa’s members of Congress for the USMCA, the people of Iowa will suffer the costs. In order for our economy to continue to grow, we need the USMCA now.

Marvin Sonntag, Brayton

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