WI Senators comment on USMCA trade agreement

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WASHINGTON BUREAU (WEAU) -- Last week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called the new USMCA trade agreement vital to the US economy. Wisconsin Senator's Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson shared their views on the agreement that is not expected to be voted on until after the November midterms.

"NAFTA has been good to all three countries which was originally signed in the 90's. Exports from America to Mexico and Canada has increased $220 billion per year, Mexico is Wisconsin's largest cheese market, a lot of people don't realize that. Wisconsin has a trade surplus with both Mexico and Canada so I'm glad we made that agreement," said Senator Ron Johnson.

"We lost over 500 dairy farms last year, this year we've lost 400 mostly small and medium size farms. So we need to keep going in this direction of opening up greater export opportunities for dairy products particularly cheese. I think it's a step in the right direction but I'm going to review the details to make sure it does right for Wisconsin small businesses, manufacturers, farmers and families," said Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Many factors will impact the midterm election, which will be held four weeks from this Tuesday. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court sure to be on the minds of the voters when they go to the polls.