House Democrats have agreed to support the new U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the new version of the USMCA a “victory for American workers” at a Tuesday morning news conference.

“There is no question that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. It is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” said Pelosi.

In response to Pelosi’s announcement, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte released the following statement:

“After repeatedly asking her to act, I can announce today that Speaker Pelosi is finally bringing USMCA up for a vote in the U.S. House. The Trump administration did their job with this critical trade deal, and Speaker Pelosi is finally doing hers -- better late than never. USMCA works for Montana and our country, securing access to our top trading partners, creating 176,000 new American jobs, and increasing ag exports by more than 2 billion dollars. USMCA will make our already strong national economy even stronger.”

In November 2018, President Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico signed the agreement.

In a Twitter post Tuesday, Trump said the USMCA will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the United States.

Canada is Montana’s top trading partner. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, Montana exported $692 million in goods to Canada in 2018, representing 42 percent of the state’s total goods exports.

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