McCaul Joins Leaders for Meeting with Trudeau on Bipartisan USMCA

Jun 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX-10), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, participated in a bipartisan meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The leaders discussed the benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the importance of Congress moving forward on the trade deal. Prime Minister Trudeau, Congressman McCaul and Congressional leaders expressed their hope that the deal be finalized by this summer.

More than 12 million American jobs in all 50 states depend on trade with Canada and Mexico. Canada and Mexico are America's top export markets for United States agriculture, accounting for more than 28 percent of all U.S. farm and food exports. The USMCA bolsters North American trade, preserving this important trilateral relationship. When passed, the USMCA deal is expected to increase U.S. GDP by over $65 billion and add approximately 176,000 jobs.

Congressman McCaul: Over 948,000 jobs in Texas are supported by trade with Canada and Mexico. Texas exports over $120 billion per year to Canada and Mexico, with Mexico being Texas’ number one trade partner. It’s critical that Congress build on this strong momentum and take next steps to solidify this bipartisan trade deal with Mexico and Canada. The USMCA encourages continued prosperity to all three countries’ economies, as well as improves American business by supporting the economy and creating jobs. I commend Prime Minister Trudeau for his initiative on this deal, along with his resistance to China’s aggression, and commend Canada’s leadership in the Lima Group and efforts to address the Venezuela crisis. Additionally, since December, China has arbitrarily detained two Canadians citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, depriving them of due process and contact with their families. I will continue to stand by Canada against this baseless retaliation for Canada’s commitment to the rule of law.