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Washington D.C. – Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today to celebrate the long-awaited passage of the bipartisan United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Abbreviated remarks below:

“In sharp contrast to yesterday, today is the first time this chamber can finally rally behind an overwhelming, bipartisan legislative win since the beginning of this Congress. More than a year ago, President Trump came together with the leaders of Mexico and Canada to sign a transformative trade deal that would revamp how we trade goods with our top two trading partners. Despite delay after delay from our Democratic colleagues, Republicans never relented.

“We understood months ago that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would deliver a much deserved win for the American worker. Today is for them. And it’s for the generations of Americans that will be able to enjoy a more prosperous and financially secure future for decades to come.

“Because of that, Republicans fought – we spoke about the wins the USMCA would deliver any chance we got, and we stayed in close contact with the administration to ensure it would be the right deal worthy of the American worker’s legacy. Republicans also understood that the ratification of USMCA would only make the United States stronger as we continue to negotiate a trade deal with China.

“When President Trump ran for office, passing the USMCA was a campaign promise. Critics said it couldn’t be done. But he made it happen. Another promise made, another promise kept. I also want to commend the incredible support he had from Congressional Republicans, especially Ranking Member Kevin Brady and the rest of our members on the Ways and Means Committee.

“Today is a day worth celebrating – it is a day this House, after nearly a year, finally checked their partisanship at the door to better the lives of the American people.”