During a Labor Day visit to America’s Dairyland, Vice President Mike Pence stopped at Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse, Wisc., to advocate for the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement in September 2018.
The USMCA has been praised by dairy farmers over the past two years because they say it works to break down global barriers to create fair dairy trade, open up dairy export markets and strengthen the relationships formed between Canada and Mexico.
During the Vice President’s campaign event, he noted how Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., voted against the trade agreement.
"I heard that Joe Biden's running mate is in Milwaukee today," Pence said during his visit. "But dairy farmers in Wisconsin deserve to know that Sen. Kamala Harris is one of only 10 senators to vote against the USMCA. She said it didn’t go far enough on climate change.
"'Now, here at Dairyland Power, you deserve to know Sen. Harris put their radical environmental agenda ahead of Wisconsin dairy and ahead of Wisconsin power. But under President Donald Trump we will always put Wisconsin farmers, Wisconsin businesses and Wisconsin families first,” he continued.
Twenty-five U.S. senators, including Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., had recently asked the White House administration to verify that the trade deal is enforced properly to ensure the expansion of trade for American dairy products.
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