Udall Votes For US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted to pass legislation to implement the new NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

He issued the following statement:

“I am glad that Democrats have included significant improvements for workers to the weaker agreement that was negotiated by the Trump administration, and I hope today’s vote will put President Trump’s chaotic and harmful trade policies behind us—at least when it comes to our southern border. New Mexico’s growing border economy is a bright spot for our state, and I believe that, on balance, this agreement will benefit both U.S. workers and our thriving trade relationship with our neighbor Mexico. Democrats have also included important funding, $843 million for U.S.-Mexico border environmental improvements and enhancing port of entry infrastructure.

“I voted for this agreement in the hopes that it will move us past the chaos of the last 3 years on trade with Mexico, and I regret that the president’s reckless and slapdash trade policies and rhetoric toward Mexico have caused uncertainty for working families and businesses at the border and across New Mexico and damaged bilateral relations. I also believe that, while this agreement includes improvements from Democrats that will enhance environmental enforcement, we must meaningfully address the existential threat of climate change – which is not just an environmental issue, but an economic one as well.

“I have been advocating for strong climate action throughout my time in Congress and I will continue to fight to return the United States to the Paris Agreement and for national policies that actually confront climate change and reach those goals. And I will continue to work on the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, and Commerce Committees to ensure that the federal government is doing everything it can to support New Mexico’s growing trade and border economy.”

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