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Durbin: USMCA will grow economy, support jobs in Illinois

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, has thrown his support behind the United State Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), which he deemed “a new NAFTA,” the agreement that went into effect between the three countries in 1994.
Flanked by the presidents of the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois AFL-CIO at a press conference at Brandt Consolidated in Springfield Sunday, Durbin said that Mexico and Canada — the top trading partners of Illinois — will have “a new lease on a relationship that can improve as we increase trade among our nations.”
Durbin, the Senate’s Minority Whip, first announced his support of the USMCA on the Senate floor last week.
Durbin said that while he had hesitancy about the agreement initially, USMCA “upholds our values for labor protections, fair treatment of U.S. products and transparent markets.
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