Hagedorn Statement on USMCA Implementation
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) issued the following statement regarding the enactment and implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on July 1, 2020:
"As the first member of the Minnesota delegation to support USMCA, I am thrilled to see this agreement fully implemented so our small businesses, workers, farmers, manufacturers, medical providers, consumers and families can begin to fully enjoy the much-needed results.
"President Trump, Vice President Pence and their trade representatives deserve extensive credit for their leadership and perseverance.
"Prior to the coronavirus pandemic and pause in our economy, farmers throughout southern Minnesota were expressing renewed optimism. They were excited for the expanded trade opportunities tied to USMCA and agreements with China and Japan and those on the horizon with India, Great Britain, Vietnam and other nations. They were also pleased that the Renewable Fuel Standard was being implemented as Congress intended, and our early spring and excellent growing season was setting the stage for an exceptionally productive harvest.
"USMCA, and the access it provides to new markets, will be critical factor in sustaining agriculture, expanding southern Minnesota’s small businesses and creating short and long-term economic prosperity.
"Modernizing trade pacts will continue to be one of my top priorities in Congress because opening new markets and creating trade fairness and transparency offers economic growth and opportunity for our southern Minnesota farmers, small businesses and consumers, as well as high-wage jobs for workers."
Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.