Gillibrand Explains Her 'No' Vote On USMCA

Jan 15, 2020

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York says she voted against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal in committee because it’s “fundamentally flawed” and bad for New York. 

Gillibrand says one reason for her “no” vote on the USMCA trade deal is because it doesn’t hold corporate polluters accountable.  

“It had left open a lot of loopholes for polluters, and New Yorkers are particularly sensitive to that because we’re dealing with cleaning up our water from PCBs, TCEs, PFOA and PFAS.”

Gillibrand also calls the deal a “missed opportunity” to address global climate change. 

And she says NAFTA reduced manufacturing jobs upstate, and she’s concerned USMCA will do the same thing. 

The full Senate is expected to vote this week on the trade deal.