USMCA nixed with tariffs in place
WASHINGTON — A key member of Congress on the international trade file says Republicans and Democrats alike are telling him they won’t back President Donald Trump’s North American trade deal if punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum remain in place.
Rep. Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, says while support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement varies on Capitol Hill, there’s a consensus the tariffs must go — and must not be replaced by quotas.
“Key things in my discussions with members, Republicans and Democrats, is that they’re not really willing to consider this agreement until the steel and aluminum tariffs are ensured to be lifted off, including quotas,” Brady said Tuesday. “Frankly, quotas can be just as disruptive as tariffs can be ... the truth of the matter is the agreement’s strong enough to stand without them. These are fair trading partners.”
It doesn’t take long for a discussion about the agreement — christened the USMCA by President Donald Trump — to turn to one of two subjects: the future of the deal in Congress, and when and whether the tariffs, imposed under national security provisions, will disappear.