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Kaptur Votes No On USMCA

December 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after voting against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Rep. Kaptur's floor speech urging her colleagues to vote against USMCA can be viewed here.

"As a life-long resident of Toledo, and the Representative for many working-class communities from Northern Ohio, I – along with my constituents – have borne witness to the devastating effects of what corporate America has sold to us as "free trade," said Rep. Kaptur. "Since NAFTA's passage in the early ‘90's, communities across America, especially in our industrial heartland, have endured the outsourcing of countless middle-class jobs to Mexico, where workers are exploited to produce goods for pennies on the dollar. Because of disastrous trade policies such as NAFTA, our young people have grown up in the shadows of shuttered factories they've never seen in operation. As an outspoken opponent of the first NAFTA, I have always said that any replacement agreement must protect American workers from offshoring more of their jobs, guard against Big Pharma abuses that inflate prescription drug prices, and ensure lock-tight and enforceable labor and environmental standards across North America. USMCA is not the answer working people in Northern Ohio deserve, nor is it safe to assume that USMCA will be anything more than NAFTA 2.0 – a boon for corporations at the expense of working families in the United States, Mexico, and Canada."

"Just like NAFTA before it, USMCA was rushed through Congress without so much as a true hearing or amendment. What's more, there is no chorus of consensus among our brothers and sisters in labor. USMCA will not bring back the 155,000 jobs in Ohio that were lost to outsourcing after NAFTA, it does nothing for our small farmers suffering under President Trump's trade wars, and it holds no true labor protections that the Mexican government is capable of enforcing. The bottom line is that I am deeply skeptical of USMCA's capacity to improve the lives of working people in my district. I will not vote for a trade deal that fails to put workers – the people – or our environment first. I will vote against USMCA just as I voted against its predecessor NAFTA, whose disastrous consequences are legend across the American landscape."

Rep. Kaptur submitted the following materials to the Congressional Record following her floor speech debating USMCA: