February 3, 2020
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President signs USMCA, a key trade deal for Washington

Calling it "a colossal victory" for U.S. farmers and workers, President Donald Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Wednesday in a formal ceremony at the White House.

The 2,082-page trade pact updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, with new provisions on intellectual property protection, the internet, investment, state-owned enterprises and currency, The New York Times reports in a story about the key provisions of the USMCA. The bill has significant changes in several areas, including incentives to make cars in North America and to open up Canadian markets to dairy producers in America.

“The key achievement of the USMCA was to keep the North-American trade system intact much as it was under NAFTA and ending a very destructive period of uncertainty,” said Peter Petri, a professor of international finance at the Brandeis International Business School.

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more.

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Focus on Puget Sound

Removing Snake River dams is misguided approach to saving orcas

By Todd Myers and Steve Martin

The struggle to increase salmon populations and help Southern Resident killer whales will be won or lost through recovery projects across the state, perhaps most importantly in Puget Sound.

That simple, scientific reality should guide salmon recovery in Washington. Distractions, like the destruction of the Snake River dams, will end up harming salmon, orcas and those who care about them.

The science is clear that Puget Sound is the most important source of food for starving orcas. NOAA Fisheries and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife ranked their sources of food for orca and found that the Puget Sound, Strait of Georgia, the Lower Columbia and the Fraser rivers are the top priorities. The Snake River ranked ninth.

This is why NOAA Fisheries has repeatedly concluded that destroying the four lower Snake River dams would have a "marginal" impact on orca recovery, despite a very high cost...

Todd Myers is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and environmental director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. Steve Martin previously served as executive coordinator of Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office.

Read the full op-ed in The News Tribune