The United States Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement by a 89-10 vote on Thursday.
For over a year, farmers and ranchers from across the country have written letters, made phone calls and reached out to their elected officials urging them to make USMCA official. While the process has taken longer than we hoped, we are thankful for today’s news and are excited to strengthen our relationships with our neighbors to the north and south.Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau
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.
“Today the Senate passed the USMCA, which is great news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy. 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.”Senator Gardner