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Giantforte votes for North American trade agreement

Posted at 10:17 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 00:17:25-05

Montana's only U-S House representative, Republican Greg Gianforte, joined an overwhelming majority Thursday in favor of the U-S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

The newly fashioned trade agreement passed the House on a 385-to-41 vote and now heads to the Senate.

It's a big win for President Trump and House Democrats, with its stricter labor and environmental-enforcement mechanisms.

Gianforte told M-T-N News that he worked to get provisions in the bill that will help Montana agriculture.

For example under current law, grain exported to Canada now is designated as low-priced “feed quality” regardless of its value.

Gianforte says the deal means Montana grain sent to Canada will be graded on its actual quality.

Gianforte also said the trade deal means an additional two-billion-dollars a year in agricultural exports for the country.