DES MOINES, Iowa — It's a major trade deal that could be a boost for Siouxland farmers and businesses and Northwest Iowa Congressman Steve King believes it's being held up by the impeachment inquiry.
The United States, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement would replace 1994's North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA. One of the things it would do is provide more opportunities for struggling American dairy producers to sell their products. Congressman King believes Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi aren't focusing on the real issues people are concerned about.
Rep. Steve King told us, "And we are bringing pressure against the speaker saying you've tied up the entire house of representatives with impeachment. All of America transfixed on impeachment. Can't we do some other things? Is this a one-trick pony Congress here? And they are starting to feel that pressure. And they are saying we can walk and chew gum at the same time. Well, here is the USMCA stick. Chew on that a while. And I'd like to get 'er done yesterday or before Christmas."
There are reports Congress could vote on the agreement as soon as next week. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested both sides are closer to an agreement that will provide more protection for American workers.