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Former USDA Secretary Vilsack working to see USMCA pass

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The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) still sits stalled in the House of Representatives. It is part of a perfect storm in Congress. House Democrats are working hard to try and impeach President Trump. However, the USMCA is an important piece of bilateral effort which could also give the President a “win” on the political stage.

Moderate Democrats have been joining the push to have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bring the trade pact to the floor. Some House Democrats may be facing some tough campaigns, and don’t want this sticky situation to hurt their chances of reelection.

Former United States Secretary of Agriculture under President Obama, Tom Vilsack, renewed his efforts to bring USMCA to a vote. Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and current President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says he knows this could be a storm for members of his own party.

Vilsack is working with certain members of the House, empowering them to take their concerns to Speaker Pelosi. Pelosi will need every vote possible in her quest to impeach President Trump. She cannot afford to lose representatives in districts that Trump won.

Vilsack has been calling out the benefits this trade pact can have on rural America, building jobs where they are needed. The positives of the agreement far outweigh the political divide which is prevalent in D.C.