Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts:

“President Trump has delivered on his promise to finalize a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The importance of this new deal to Nebraska cannot be overstated. These two countries are top customers for Nebraska, and are critical markets for growing trade opportunities.

“This new deal makes progress in the three areas Nebraska’s leaders outlined for trade negotiations with these countries over a year ago. Most importantly, it helps give Nebraska’s farmers and businesses much-needed certainty, and will help us grow these important trade relationships for years to come.”

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.:

“Mexico and Canada are Nebraska’s two largest trading partners. I’m grateful to President Trump for following through on his commitment to negotiate a better trade deal between our three countries. I’m optimistic this agreement will bring good opportunities to Nebraska producers and our state.”

Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb.:

“I’m very pleased to hear the administration has come to an agreement with Mexico and Canada to update NAFTA with a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which builds on its successes. I have long supported a three-country agreement because it is vital to Nebraska’s agricultural producers and to our rural economy.

“I look forward to considering USMCA as Congress studies the details, and I commend President Trump’s team for their success in reaching this point.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa:

“I commend President Trump for his commitment to securing a better trade deal for America that includes both Mexico and Canada. This new deal increases market certainty for our farmers, provides strong and effective protection for American intellectual property and strengthens overall relations with our North American trading partners.”

Rep. David Young, R-Iowa:

“This is real progress and I’m eager to review the agreement to ensure it’s an improved and better deal for Iowa workers, consumers, farmers and manufacturers. Mexico and Canada are essential partners and possess important markets for Iowa goods. I’m relieved the relationships with Canada and Mexico are preserved with the vital continuation of a three country trade pact.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds:

“NAFTA has been good for agriculture, but a modernized agreement could provide better gains for Iowa farmers. Strengthening trade with Canada and Mexico provides more certainty to our Iowa farmers and the agribusiness sector.

“I am also encouraged by agreements reached with Argentina and KORUS (a deal with South Korea), by continued discussions with the EU and by reignited negotiations with Japan. Our farmers and manufacturers need access to free and fair trade to sell their products, which are among the best in the world.”

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Joseph Morton is The World-Herald Washington Bureau Chief. Morton joined The World-Herald in 1999 and has been reporting from Washington for the newspaper since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @MortonOWH.

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