October 1, 2018

North county Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is applauding the trade agreement between the United States and Canada.

The agreement was reached just before a U.S.-imposed midnight Sunday deadline.

In a statement released Monday morning, Stefanik called the agreement “tremendous news” and “critical to the continued success of our region.”

The agreement gives U.S. farmers greater access to the Canadian dairy market.

This is Stefanik’s full statement:

“This is tremendous news for our North Country economy, and I applaud U.S. and Canadian negotiators for their tireless work on this important agreement. I have been a strong advocate for modernizing our trade agreement with Canada and Mexico in Congress, and I am pleased that this framework will open up the Canadian dairy markets for our North Country farmers who have been struggling. Canadian trade has supported millions of jobs since NAFTA took effect, and reaching this agreement is critical to the continued success of our region.”

The new deal will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It replaces the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump called a job-killing disaster.

The new agreement keeps a NAFTA dispute-resolution process that the U.S. wanted to jettison and offers Canada protection if Trump goes ahead with plans to impose tariffs on cars, trucks and auto parts imported into the United States.