Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 05:36pm

Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the House of Representatives voted to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today’s long-overdue House vote represents a major victory for farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and innovators in North Dakota and across the nation,” Burgum said. “Canada and Mexico are North Dakota’s two biggest trading partners, accounting for over $7 billion in exports last year. The USMCA will provide much-needed market certainty for our farmers and ranchers – many of whom face severe hardship related to wet weather, low commodity prices and retaliatory tariffs – as well as for our energy producers, manufacturers and technology sector. We deeply appreciate President Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and our congressional delegation for working tirelessly for more than a year to drive this modernized trade deal toward the finish line.”

In June, Burgum joined 26 other Republican governors in signing a letter urging Congress to ratify the USMCA.