ST. LOUIS, MO (January 17, 2020) – The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and its regional affiliate members praise the United States Senate for ratifying the USMCA. The legislation ratifying the agreement passed on January 16, 2020 by a sweeping margin with 89 in favor and only 10 opposed.
The Equipment Dealers Association has been vigorously representing the equipment industry on Capitol Hill on this issue. In November, EDA’s Vice President of Government Relations, Natalie Higgins, and Iowa Nebraska’s Director of Government Affairs, Will Rogers, canvassed the Hill, attending nearly 20 legislative meetings on a host of vitally important issues including USMCA. Rogers summarized the associations’ collective efforts, “The agreement is the result of a long and arduous negotiation process. We applaud the bi-partisan effort of all those involved. USMCA will set the standard for all future trade agreements.” Higgins added that, “This modernized deal brings us the market certainty that our dealers and farmers deserve. We are happy to finally get this on President Trump’s desk.”
Gary Manke, CEO of the Midwest-Southeastern Equipment Dealers Association also noted that, “The bottom line is that dealers needed this deal. We have been working with EDA since the USMCA was announced. USMCA is an opportunity for North America to act with a united front It will undoubtedly enhance our competitiveness, globally.” Joani Woelfel, CEO of the Far West Equipment Dealers Association echoed these sentiments, “The new trade deal strengthens our North American economy as a whole. We urge Canadian Parliament to ratify USMCA as soon as possible.”
About Equipment Dealers Association
Founded in 1900, the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), is a non-profit trade organization representing retail dealers extensively engaged in the sale and service of agricultural, construction, industrial, forestry, outdoor power, lawn and garden, and/or turf equipment. EDA provides essential value to its members by enhancing the dealer-manufacturer relationship and advocating for a positive legislative and regulatory environment. EDA is headquartered in St. Louis, MO and is affiliated with regional associations located throughout the United States and Canada.
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