SANTA FE, N.M. — Vice President Mike Pence encouraged southeastern New Mexico residents to urge members of the state’s congressional delegation to support passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement during a visit to Artesia on Wednesday.
But members of the state’s delegation said they would support the USMCA only if improvements were made.
“We need to implement improvements to the USMCA that ensure border states and communities continue to thrive, while creating strong, enforceable protections for workers and the public. Otherwise, this whole process will have caused chaos and disruption for no benefit,” U.S. Sen Tom Udall said in a statement to the Journal. Udall and two of his Democratic colleagues, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, were singled out by the vice president during his speech.
“New Mexico shares both a border and a strong relationship with Mexico – our most important trading partner and a crucial export market – that creates thousands of jobs for New Mexicans,” Udall said. “Our prosperity is inextricably linked to this partnership, especially in our growing border economy, which is a bright spot for our state.”