On February 21, 2019, State Senator Chuck Winder (R-Boise) introduced Senate Joint Memorial 103 (SJM103). According to the proposal’s statement of purpose, SJM103 is a Joint Memorial between the Idaho Senate and House calling upon “Congress to ratify the agreement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).”
The USMCA is a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada that seeks to renegotiate and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, “when finalized and implemented, the [USMCA] will create more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports high-paying jobs for Americans and grows the North American economy.” To read the full text of the agreement signed by representatives of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on November 30, 2018, click HERE.
Specifically, SJM103 also calls attention to the United States’ steel and aluminum tariffs and encourages the Trump administration to renew the waivers originally granted to Canada and Mexico. In turn, it also calls upon those same countries to lift their “retaliatory tariffs on all United States goods and services.”
Given this proposal is a joint memorial addressed to the President and Congress of the United States, the estimated “fiscal impact is only for the printing of and the postage for this Memorial.”
*Update: The Idaho Senate passed SJM103 on February 25, 2019, with a vote of 33-1-1. The following day, the memorial was referred to the House State Affairs Committee, where it still awaits action.
Sponsor: Senator Chuck Winder (R-Boise)
Bill status: House State Affairs Committee (04.02.2019)