Bill Long, president and CEO of MEMA and Ann Wilson, senior vice president of Government Affairs, were invited to attend a historic ceremony at the White House, where President Donald Trump signed the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Jan. 29. The agreement, now that it has been ratified in the U.S. and Mexico, will need to be approved by Canada’s government to go into effect.
“It is a great honor to receive the president’s personal invitation to attend the signing ceremony and to represent our members and the entire supplier community,” Long said. “The USMCA is a significant bipartisan accomplishment for our country and has been a major Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) legislative success for the industry. The USMCA will provide opportunity for manufacturing growth in the United States and throughout the region. This action begins to establish economic certainty, which is essential to preserving and enhancing vital North American supply chains for the U.S. motor vehicle sector.”
MEMA has continuously been at the forefront of USMCA support and has urged Congressional leaders to pass this 21st century agreement without delay. MEMA has kept the USMCA a major policy agenda on Capitol Hill in 2019 and 2020 by hosting fly-ins, creating video presentations, and meeting face-to-face with legislators to discuss several issues impacting motor vehicle parts suppliers through our Supplier Advocacy Network.