Supervisor KINOWSKI offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF THE U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA)

WHEREAS, in 2018, U.S. Trade Representatives negotiated a new trade agreement to rebalance and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that took effect in 1994; and

WHEREAS, while NAFTA was a well-intended attempt to create a “free trade zone” for the U.S., Mexico and Canada, many of its provisions harmed U.S. labor and wages to the benefit of lesser economies, particularly Mexico; and

WHEREAS, the USMCA includes provisions to address some of the inequities that resulted from NAFTA, including intellectual protection for U.S. companies, tariff protections and increased market access for farmers and better enforceable labor standards for workers in other countries; and

WHEREAS, rebalancing the terms and conditions originally contained in NAFTA is in the best interest of residents and businesses of New York and the United States in general; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby supports passage of the U.S.-MexicoCanada Agreement and urges its representatives in Congress to pursue swift ratification; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Governor Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor HOWARD and adopted by the following vote:

TOTAL: Ayes: 498 (17) Nays: 31 (2) (Supervisors Rice and Young) Absent: 22 (1) (Supervisor Waldron)

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