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Van Hollen Statement on Support for USMCA

January 14, 2020

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the
following statement regarding his vote in support of the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“I look at the
terms of each proposed trade agreement and ask a basic question: will the
agreement generate more good-paying jobs and improve the quality of life for
Marylanders? The original agreement negotiated by the Administration failed
that test but, as a result of changes demanded by many of us in the House and
Senate, the final agreement achieves those goals. The final deal provides
much-needed changes to NAFTA, including important and more enforceable labor
standards and provisions that will lead to more American-made parts in
manufacturing, both of which will boost good-paying jobs in Maryland and our
country. I am disappointed that this agreement does not make much more progress
on environmental protections and, in that area, it should not be a model for
any future agreements. That said, it still represents a modest improvement
compared to the status quo because it includes new provisions to protect
wildlife and marine fisheries, reduce pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border,
and tighten certain environmental enforcement mechanisms while not weakening
any environmental protections currently in place. This is a case where we
should not make the perfect the enemy of the good. The USMCA will ultimately
strengthen Maryland businesses, farmers, workers, and consumers.”

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