01.16.20

Senate Passes USMCA Trade Agreement

Gardner, a long supporter of the USMCA, votes in favor

Washington, D.C. – Today the United States Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with support from U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).

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NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner’s remarks.

“Today the Senate passed the USMCA, which is great news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “A great portion of our economy in Colorado is dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico. Colorado’s workforce stands to benefit from the USMCA, as roughly a quarter million jobs exist in the Centennial State because of our trade relationships with our North American neighbors. After months of unnecessary delay by the House of Representatives, I’m glad Congress has finally passed this critical agreement for more jobs, economic growth, and opportunity in Colorado.” 

Colorado exported $2.7 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico in 2018, making them Colorado’s largest trading partners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado exported more than $165 million of electronic machinery, $74 million worth of beverages, $47 million of dairy products, $33 million of cereals, and $28 million of sugar and confectionary exports to Canada and Mexico in 2018. Colorado’s biggest export, beef, accounts for more than $880 million worth of goods shipped to Mexico and Canada.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.