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Tech execs hail revised North America trade deal as 'rare bipartisan triumph'

Tech execs hail revised North America trade deal as 'rare bipartisan triumph'
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The group that represents top technology executives in Washington lauded the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday as the new North American trade deal came into force.

“The USMCA is a rare, bipartisan triumph, but the real winners today as the agreement is implemented are American consumers and employees," said TechNet president and CEO Linda Moore.

"More than 12 million U.S. jobs are supported by trade, and having an agreement with our top two trading partners that reflects today’s economy with a first-of-its-kind digital trade chapter is long overdue," added Moore.

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The USMCA, a replacement for the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), formally entered into force Wednesday.

The new deal includes regulations on digital commerce, a major gap in NAFTA, which was negotiated in the early 1990s.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE campaigned against NAFTA, which he repeatedly called "the worst trade deal ever," and successfully pushed Mexico and Canada to negotiate the USMCA amid threats of leaving the old deal without a replacement.

Congress passed the USMCA in a bipartisan manner, although progressives fretted about enforcement of the deal's labor chapter another novelty vis a vis NAFTA and amid controversy over the deal's potential effects on pricing for pharmaceutical drugs.

Still, the deal's approval was a rare show of bipartisanship on a controversial issue.

"Technology plays an increasingly critical role in our global economy, especially as we combat a pandemic that has impacted us all," said Moore.

"We applaud the leaders in Congress, as well as the administration, who worked to get this agreement enacted. It will foster increased trade and job creation for years to come,” she added.

TechNet is a policy advocacy group that represents technology industry executives at the state, local and federal levels.