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Lawmakers work to iron out details on new trade agreement

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The replacement for the NAFTA trade agreement has been signed by the presidents of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  

The USMCA, as the new agreement is called, won’t be sealed and delivered until it’s approved by Congress.  

The trade deal was item one on the agenda of lieutenant governors from around the nation at a White House meeting Wednesday morning. They all want the agreement approved as soon as possible for the sake of the workers and businesses in their states.

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin says agricultural and aerospace industries in his state will benefit from the deal.

“There’s so many different jobs in Arkansas that are dependant on free and fair trade,” said Griffin.

In Louisiana, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is focused on the seafood industry. He says cheap imports threaten the jobs of American fishermen.

“One of the things were pushing in Louisiana is just to have more inspectors, inspecting the seafood,” said Nungesser. 

The USMCA was negotiated by the Trump administration to replace NAFTA, a decades-old agreement that governs trade between the three countries, but first, it must pass Congress.

Some worry the deal does not go far enough to protect American workers from low wage competition.

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