January 14, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – From Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, on her vote against the USMCA:
“I plan to vote against President Trump’s USMCA agreement. President Trump’s USMCA deal may be slightly better than NAFTA, but let’s be clear: That’s not good enough. Bad trade deals, including NAFTA, hollowed out upstate New York’s manufacturing industry. I don’t believe this agreement will reverse this trend or help the generations of New Yorkers who lost good jobs. This agreement is a missed opportunity to address the urgent threats we face from climate change. It fails to close loopholes for corporate polluters or set binding, enforceable standards to protect clean air and water.
“The United States has a once in a generation opportunity to reprioritize our economy with two of our three largest trading partners. Unfortunately, this agreement falls well short and I cannot support it.”