Groups Form Alliance to Push USMCA Passage
By Metal Center News Staff
on Feb 27, 2019
More than 200 companies and associations representing farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, service providers, and technology companies have launched the USMCA Coalition, which will advocate for congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Over the coming weeks and months, the USMCA Coalition will make the case for expeditious passage of the agreement to members of Congress, and it will work to educate the American public about the benefits of the new deal. The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations, and chambers of commerce, including many that operate outside of Washington, D.C.
“USMCA is critical to the success of American businesses, farmers, and workers,” said Cathy Van Way, head of government relations, Cummins Inc., and coalition co-chair. “For Cummins, our two largest export markets in the world are Canada and Mexico, and our trade with these countries has contributed to significant growth and global reach. USMCA will help rural and urban communities across the U.S. thrive and we encourage Congress to approve this important agreement.”
“For American manufacturers, like Owens-Illinois, the seamless, cross-border trade that USMCA will guarantee is critical for American jobs and manufacturers’ ability to compete around the world,” said Ryan Modlin, vice president North American government affairs, from Owens-Illinois and coalition co-chair. “The USMCA is not just a trade agreement, it is the foundation of our economic and broader relationship with two of our strongest allies that supports the manufacturing jobs of more than 2 million Americans, many at small- and medium-sized firms that depend upon this relationship.”
Congress has not yet signed off on the agreement, which was hammered out toward the end of 2018. For the metals supply chain, the agreement does not address the existing tariff situation between the U.S. and the other countries. That absence has drawn criticism from groups such as the Aluminum Association.
More information about the agreement and the coalition is available at www.USMCACoalition.org.