Jan 16, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the U.S. Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 89-10. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the agreement on December 19 by a vote of 385-41. This agreement replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump in the near future.
In order for the agreement to take effect, all three partner countries must ratify the agreement, and thus far, Mexico and the U.S. have done so. It is expected that the Canadian Parliament’s House of Commons will vote on the agreement later this month when it reconvenes.
“USA Rice thanks our allies and friends in Congress who voted in favor of USMCA, and anticipates the complete ratification of the agreement,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs. “With Mexico as our number one export market and Canada in the top five, we look forward to getting back to business as usual and strengthening our trading relationships for U.S. rice with our North American neighbors.”