North-central Iowa congressmen see positive development on USMCA ratification

first_imgIowa politicians, commodity groups and Iowa’s business community are celebrating news of a deal that will lead to U.S. House ratification of a new trade agreement to replace NAFTA.Passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will close out 2019 with a win for farmers who’ve had a difficult year, according to the Iowa farmer who’s president of the National Corn Growers. Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque, said public confirmation of the deal just happens to come on the same day House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against the president.“This was something that happened about yesterday,” Finkenauer said during a conference call with Iowa reporters. “It sounds like we finally got the deal and the negotiation had worked itself out and just needed to get done and that’s why you see things playing out as they are today.”Canada and Mexico are Iowa’s two largest trade markets. Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, said passage of the USMCA provides certainty for Iowa farmers and manufacturers. Finkenauer said this final deal is “very different” from what was agreed to by the three countries in 2018.“Although I believe there was some really good intentions with the original USMCA about bringing jobs back home…there wasn’t a lot of enforcement to make that possible,” Finkenauer said.Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, said Democrats won “robust enforcement mechanisms” that weren’t in the original USMCA.Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said President Trump kept his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and Grassley said Americans will reap many benefits from the new deal. Republican Senator Joni Ernst, though, said an end-of-the-year vote in the Democratically-led House is “dangerous,” because Republicans who lead the Senate won’t have time to hold a vote to ratify the USMCA before 2020.Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron, said House Democrats “didn’t want to face criticism” so they announced a deal on the USMCA on the same morning they revealed articles of impeachment.“I”m glad we’ve got USMCA moving,” King said in a recorded video message. “The president’s doing his job. His economic numbers are great. Our national security is strong.”King accused House Democrats of trying to use passage of the USMCA as “frosting” to cover up the impeachment saga.last_img read more

Lacey City Council Seeks Advisory Board and Commission Members

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for one vacancy on the Library Board, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and Historical Commission.Library Board The Library Board works with staff to develop long-range plans for library services and meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Library Board members serve five-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants must be City of Lacey residents.Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) The LTAC provides annual recommendations to the Lacey City Council on how to best use lodging tax revenues. The Committee has five Board members who serve three-year, staggered terms. By statute, the committee must include one elected official of the City, two representatives of businesses that collect the lodging tax, and two representatives involved in activities funded by lodging tax revenues. The current vacancy is for a representative of a business that collects lodging tax.Lacey Historical Commission The Lacey Historical Commission provides leadership in historic preservation and developing information concerning the historical significance of the local Lacey area. The Historical Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Historical Commission members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants must be City of Lacey residents or live in Lacey’s Urban Growth Area.For more information or to get an application for the Library Board, LTAC, or Historical Commission, contact Kelsey Williams at 360-413-4387 or [email protected] You can also download an application at Please submit a letter of interest and resume with your application.last_img read more