The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in a bipartisan 385-41 vote on December 19.
"USMCA modernizes a key platform for the global competitiveness of NEMA Members and the U.S. electrical manufacturing industry," said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff. "We look forward to the final steps of legislative action to bring USMCA into force."
Negotiations for the new trade agreement concluded in October 2018. In early December 2019, additional USMCA commitments were agreed by the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, enabling timely House consideration of implementing the legislation by Congress. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation, which may not be amended, in early 2020. The date of entry into force of USMCA is to be determined.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.