USMCA nixed with tar­iffs in place

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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.

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