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U.S Senator Gardner: Senate Passes USMCA Trade Agreement
Gardner, a long supporter of the USMCA, votes in favor
Washington, D.C. – “Today the Senate passed the USMCA, which is great news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “A great portion of our economy in Colorado is dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico. Colorado’s workforce stands to benefit from the USMCA, as roughly a quarter million jobs exist in the Centennial State because of our trade relationships with our North American neighbors. After months of unnecessary delay by the House of Representatives, I’m glad Congress has finally passed this critical agreement for more jobs, economic growth, and opportunity in Colorado.”
Colorado exported $2.7 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico in 2018, making them Colorado’s largest trading partners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado exported more than $165 million of electronic machinery, $74 million worth of beverages, $47 million of dairy products, $33 million of cereals, and $28 million of sugar and confectionary exports to Canada and Mexico in 2018. Colorado’s biggest export, beef, accounts for more than $880 million worth of goods shipped to Mexico and Canada.
- In January 2020, Gardner voted for the USMCA in both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He then urged his colleagues to support the USMCA on the floor of the Senate.
- In October 2019, Gardner recapped his annual Colorado Farm Tour on the Senate floor and spoke about why the USMCA is important to Colorado’s agriculture industry.
- In September 2019, Gardner authored an op-ed in the Greeley Tribune calling on Congress to “Bring the most important trade agreement for Colorado into the modern era and pass the USMCA.”
- In July 2019, Gardner took to the Senate floor and urged swift ratification of the USMCA.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.