Kaptur Statement as USMCA Goes Into Effect

July 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement as President Trump’s United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), the minor rewrite to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), goes into effect. Rep. Kaptur voted against both NAFTA and USMCA.


“I remain deeply concerned that USMCA is not a significant improvement over the original NAFTA and that it will hurt Northern Ohio manufacturing communities from Toledo to Cleveland,” said Rep. Kaptur. “NAFTA sold communities like ours down the river. Given the fact USMCA was sold on the same exaggerated promises, I have little faith USMCA will not continue down the same failed path of lost American jobs. Tighter enforcement is key to prevent this future. In the coming months and years, I will keep a close eye on how this trade agreement is implemented, enforced, and responded to by companies. A stronger balance is incumbent upon the smallest voices pushing back.”


“Yet we witness a rough start as just this week, Mexican labor activists were jailed under false pretenses, raising concerns as to how seriously the Mexican government will enforce newly mandated worker protections. I have long advocated for fair trade among free people. NAFTA did not satisfy that threshold and I do not believe USMCA will either. However, I will do everything in my power to fight for Northern Ohio workers and communities as USMCA is put into effect.”