Congressman Fred Keller takes to House Floor to advocate for dairy legislation

September 26, 2019
Press Release
Absent passage of the USMCA, Congressman Keller says Congress can act in other ways to help the dairy industry

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) spoke on the House Floor Thursday on the need to pass a number of bills aimed at helping to improve the dairy industry since House Democrats have obstructed the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) from being implemented.


While touring farms and meeting with the agricultural community in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, Congressman Keller repeatedly heard the need for passage of the USMCA in order to help family farms, Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, and the state’s manufacturing sector.


“If Democrat leaders will not bring up the USMCA for a vote and help our dairy farmers by doing things like eliminating Canada’s class 7 milk, then we should find other ways to act,” Congressman Keller said on the House Floor Thursday.


Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is home to over 10,500 farms, 98 percent of which are family farms, and the district is responsible for 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s agriculture sales.


In 2018, $1.2 billion worth of Pennsylvania’s agricultural products were exported to Canada and Mexico, supporting 8,720 jobs.


The USMCA, if passed, would help improve Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry by maintaining markets for beef and pork producers and corn growers, and be a boon to the dairy industry by eliminating Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing program that harms dairy exports.


You can watch Congressman Keller’s full remarks HERE.