WAUKEE, Iowa -- Vice President Mike Pence returned to Iowa Wednesday with a familiar message: Democrats in Congress need to pass the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.
"I came to Iowa today to turn up the heat," the vice president said. "It’s time for the Democrats in Congress to do their job, put politics aside and pass the USMCA this year."
It's the same message Pence has pushed on his two most recent trips to Iowa. Pence called on Iowans to push Iowa's three congressional Democrats to vote for the trade deal with America's neighbors to the North and South.
"Congresswoman Cindy Axne and all the Democrats in Congress representing Iowa need to put Iowa first, put America first and pass the USMCA this year," Pence said.
Pence specifically called out U.S. Representatives Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and Dave Loebsack. He told Iowans to call their offices and push them to push Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to bring the USMCA up for a vote in the House.
"The truth is, Democrats have been spending all their time on endless investigations and partisan impeachment but enough is enough," the vice president said. "The American people deserve better."
Pence told the crowd that it has been 300 days since the leaders from all three nations agreed to the updated version of the former NAFTA trade deal signed by President Bill Clinton in the early 90's.
Jim Quinn, a Perry resident familiar with the agriculture industry, said it's necessary for Iowans to have progress on the trade deals.
"It was really refreshing to hear Pence bring up these points about USMCA," he said. "We have to get this thing passed."
The same went for Bob Heimbaugh of Adel, who said passing USMCA is long overdue.
"We gotta keep the two percent that are feeding the rest of the 98 percent going," he said.
Heimbaugh also said he was pleased to hear how closely the vice president works with Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. Pence praised the work of the three, who also spoke at the event. All three stressed to the audience that they need to pressure their members of Congress to pass the USMCA.
"Tell your elected officials that you ran into Mike the other day and say half of our exports go to Mexico and Canada and we have a great trade deal and you need to get it done," Pence said. "You don’t need to call Senators Ernst and Grassley because they are leading the charge in the Senate for the USMCA."