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December 10, 2019
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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said the bipartisan compromise on USMCA was “huge news” for 70,000 Illinoisans whose jobs depend on fair and open trade with Canada and Mexico.

“I’m equally as excited to have this agreement as I am baffled that it took so long to happen,” he said.

“For over a year, my Republican colleagues and I have been urging Speaker Pelosi to bring the USMCA up for a vote on the House floor because we understood how important it was for jobs and economic growth,” Bost said. “I am pleased that America’s farmers, manufacturers and working families will now have the certainty they have long deserved.”

Trump said the revamped trade pact will “be great” for the United States.

“It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody - Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions - tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!,” the president said in a tweet.

In Mexico City, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday night that there would be a meeting of the three countries’ negotiating teams Tuesday “to announce the advances achieved” on the trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is slated to appear.

Vice President Mike Pence, a foot soldier in the administration’s campaign to sell the accord, said Pelosi had “acquiesced” in slating the pact for a vote this year.

“The USMCA will create even more jobs for the hardworking families who are the backbone of our economy – the farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and small business owners,” Pence said in a statement.