FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019
CONTACT: CHRISTINA STROBACK
MILLER-MEEKS: CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB AND PASS THE USMCA TO HELP IOWA BUSINESSES AND WORKERS
OTTUMWA – State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa Republican and 2nd Congressional District candidate, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to a central Iowa farm to urge Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“I’ve talked with farmers, manufacturing workers, and my constituents across my district, and I have heard time and time again that Iowans want the USMCA to be passed now,” said Miller-Meeks. “One-in-five jobs in Iowa are directly tied to trade. Farmers are already hurting from the late planting season, and they need markets to sell their products. Congressional members need to do their job and ratify the USMCA. Iowans cannot wait any longer.”
“Liberal Democrats need to stop playing party politics. Where is Rita Hart on the USMCA? She continues to be silent by not speaking up for Iowa farmers and workers. They’re suffering under this inaction and it needs to stop. If I was in Congress right now, I would immediately pass this trade deal and put it on President Donald Trump’s desk.”
For months, the Trump administration has been pushing for passage of the trade deal. In July, Pence visited Iowa to promote the USMCA. After the August recess, the House has continued to stall bringing up the bill.