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Rogers says he was thrilled to see USMCA pass

Alabama Republican Congressman Mike Rogers

Thursday, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) said that the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives was a win for all Americans.

Republicans had asked Democrat leadership for months to bring this bipartisan legislation to the House Floor, but Rogers said that House Democrats have been focused on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump (R) instead, which Rogers dismissed as a “sham.”

“I was thrilled to see this important piece of legislation finally be brought to the House Floor.” Rogers said in a statement. “The USMCA is a win for all Americans and I want to thank President Trump for his leadership on this important trade agreement.”

Rogers said that in the State of Alabama, over 23,000 producers and manufacturers depend on this trade deal.

“Alabama’s economy will continue to soar under the USMCA, especially when it comes to our agriculture and automobile industries,” Rogers predicted. “I am pleased we finally got something done this Congress that will help folks across East Alabama and America.”

House Democrats maintain that they held up the USMCA to get improvements in the trade deal and that the trade agreement that passed the Congress was a better one than the earlier version that was negotiated by the Trump administration. Replacing NAFTA with a better trade deal was a key election year promise of Donald Trump when he was running for President in 2016. The passage of the USMCA was clearly the largest diplomatic victory for the Trump administration.

Rogers was also pleased that the NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act, was passed last week by Congress.

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“I was thrilled to see the NDAA pass the House and Space Force ready to become a reality as the sixth branch of the military,” Rogers said in an email to constituents.

Rogers, like every House Republican, voted “No” on both Articles of Impeachment. House Democrats have accused Pres. Trump of abuse of power and of obstruction of Congress. Rogers has maintained that there is no evidence justifying impeachment of the President.

“Democrats finally got their way this week,” Rogers said of the impeachment. “After two and a half years and many failed attempts of trying to undo the 2016 election, Democrats finally got their wish on baseless claims. It was 100 percent a partisan vote with even a few Democrats voting present or with Republicans. What a shame.”

“Speaker Pelosi also announced that she doesn’t know when she will send impeachment articles to the Senate showing what a true circus this is,” Rogers concluded. “What House Democrats have done marks a dark stain on American history.”

Rogers serves as the Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security and is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Rogers is seeking his tenth term representing the Third Congressional District after prior service in the Alabama House of Representatives and the Calhoun County Commission.

 

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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