USMCA Passes House: Senate Vote Next Year

You Auto Know 12/20/19

Yesterday, in its last vote of 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a bipartisan vote of 385-41. The Senate is not expected to vote on the agreement until after the New Year, a timeline made difficult to forecast due to expected ongoing impeachment actions.

AIADA released a statement recognizing the House vote as a milestone on the road to final passage, and expressing optimism that the Senate would soon pass the agreement as well.

The USMCA, an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), contains stricter "rules of origin" (ROO) for cars, requiring 75 percent of a vehicle's components to be made in North America, up from 62.5 percent in the current NAFTA, and 40-45 percent vehicle content made by workers making at least $16 an hour. There are also more stringent requirements for the use of North American steel and aluminum.


An amendment offered by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) that would require the administration to publish the results of the Section 232 report in which imported cars and parts were found to be a threat to U.S. national security was included in an appropriations bill that also passed this week. 


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Quote of the Week

"Today's House vote is an important milestone on the road to final passage of the USMCA trade deal. Dealers are optimistic that a Senate vote will soon follow and bring an end to the trade uncertainty facing the auto industry, allowing it to get back to what it does best: building and selling cars."

            -Cody Lusk, President & CEO, AIADA (


In case you missed it, AIADA Chairman Howard Hakes reflects on his year as Chairman and muses about what the New Year will bring for AIADA and its dealer members in both the latest Chairman's Blog and Beltway Talk Podcast.

Friday Funny

Who Needs a Tree Topper?  Georgia Family Finds Owl in Their Christmas Tree


A Georgia family got a special holiday surprise last week after finding an owl hiding inside their Christmas tree.

The discovery came last Thursday evening when Katie McBride Newman and her two children, India and Jack, were finishing dinner.

India, 10, had started to clear the table and was in another room when Newman heard her exclaim, "Oh my gosh!"

"She comes very dramatically into the dining room and goes, 'Mama, that ornament scared me,'" Newman told CNN. "Then she bursts into tears."

Newman said she's a big fan of owls, so the tree actually had about a dozen owl ornaments gracing its branches. But when she peered into the tree for the ornament, she saw the owl turn its head and look straight at her.

"And I'm like, 'Oh, that's a real owl,'" Newman said.

The family left their windows and doors open that night, hoping the bird would leave on its own – but it didn't. The next day, they called the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a non-profit environmental center for help.

Even though the owl made its way back to the wild, Katie Newman, says she swears she can still hear the owl at night, hooting away.


That's it for You Auto Know in 2019, but we'll be back the week of January 6th to keep you up to speed on all of the Washington, DC news You Auto Know about!  Happy Holidays!