Dingell to Vote for North American Trade Deal
Washington, December 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) announced she will support the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade:
“We have to be honest, this trade deal won’t undo the deep damage NAFTA 1.0 did to American workers, American manufacturing, and our environment. Today, factories sit empty in Michigan and across my district while workers are unable to compete with sub-par, non-union workers in other countries. It is just not going to uproot factories from overseas and bring them back home. This agreement is an improvement, but our work is just beginning to strengthen American manufacturing, invest in workers, and grow our economy.
“This agreement has earned my vote because of significant improvements made over the last year. We fought hard to improve the original deal because what the Trump Administration first proposed wasn’t sufficient. Democrats fought for stronger labor and environmental standards and tougher enforcement mechanisms that for the first time in the history of trade agreements that could penalize companies that abuse workers.
“It’s important to recognize the hard work of Speaker Pelosi, Ways & Means Chairman Neal, the Trade Working Group and our friends in labor and environment that worked diligently with Ambassador Lighthizer to get this agreement to Congress.”