Time is ticking on tradeand our political leaders in Washington, DC يجب التحرك فورا لحماية الزراعة الأمريكية.

Farmers like me expressed relief two months ago upon the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (مشاة البحرية الأمريكية), a trade accord that updates NAFTA for the 21st century.

Yet all of the hard work that went into this deal wont amount to anything if President Trump and the current Congress refuse to push for its passage by the end of this year.

Its pretty simple: The next House of Representatives, which will assemble under Democratic control on January 3, most likely wont approve a trade agreement negotiated by President Trumps team.

It just wont happen. President Trump could propose a bill that says the sun should come up tomorrow and House Democrats would vote against it. Their plan is to oppose every aspect of the presidents legislative agenda.

Thats why Washington must move forward on the USMCA right now. Failing to act would throw us back into the confusion and uncertainty weve been living with for far too long.

I had thought that with the USMCA, wed finally gotten past the turmoil of the last few years. President Trump once called NAFTA the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere. Farmers worried that hed make good on his threats to pull outand hoped that hed come up with a different solution because we rely on exports to Canada and Mexico.

Then came the USMCA, which the president quickly hailed as a wonderful new trade deal.

In truth, the agreements arent much different for agriculture: The new USMCA looks a lot like the old NAFTA, according to an analysis by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Thats good enough for me: NAFTA was a significant agreement for farmers, supporting new opportunities for us to sell what we grow to customers in Canada and Mexico. Id be happy to stick with the status quo.

The USMCA does make a significant improvement for U.S. الزراعة: Under its provisions, American dairy farmers will gain better access to Canadian customers.

To be sure, the USMCA has a few faults, such as a sunset provision. This means that the trade agreement will terminate in 16 years unless its signatories act to renew it. This sets us up for another grueling fight, albeit one that we can put off for a while. Im more than ready to be done with the grueling fights of recent years.

Whatever the details of the USMCA, one essential fact dwarfs everything else: Approval of the USMCA would allow us at last to move beyond a fruitless trade war with Canada and Mexico. Its time to make peace with our two closest and most reliable trading partners.

Once we get the USMCA signed, sealed, and delivered, we can turn our attention to our more important disputes with China, whose tariffs have devastated farmers across my state, which exported $15 billion in agricultural goods last year. Whether we grow alfalfa, تفاح, كرز, or potatoes, weve felt the pinch. The same is true for farmers who produce other commodities in different areas of the country.

We need these trade wars to endand the first step is to ratify the USMCA. The president must submit the pact to the current Congress as soon as possible.

Thats what a dozen Republican senators urged him to do last week. We stand ready to assist in helping you secure a pathway for its passage, they wrote in a letter.

لها. Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican who organized the letter, offered additional thoughts in the وول ستريت جورنال . Entrusting House Democrats with passing the USMCA is a dicey proposition, at best, he wrote in an op-ed. The new Democratic majority in the House also might indefinitely stall passage of USMCA, goading the president into responding with the nuclear optiona unilateral withdrawal from the exiting NAFTA. This would be disastrous for the American economy.

Lets avoid this disasterand get behind the USMCA before its too late.


*This column first appeared at صحيفة سياتل تايمز نوفمبر 28.