President Trump campaigned on the promise of replacing NAFTA, which gained the support from many critics of the agreement. Now, it looks like USMCA will be the replacement, but there are still concerns that linger. In turn, Florida Republicans are urging the President to protect farmers from Mexican competition, which is an issue that has been prioritized since the beginning of the year.
Florida lawmakers, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R), have rallied support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to call on Robert Lighthizer, the Trade Ambassador, to protect farmers as negotiations with Mexico continue to take place.
In a letter, the lawmakers expressed that “while the Mexican government has refused to include a mechanism to correct this growing imbalance in the USMCA text, we still believe the Administration must ensure that clear rules are in place to defend domestic seasonal and perishable produce from unfair trade practices.”