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Wagner Applauds United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Inclusion of FOSTA Language

Oct 1, 2018
Press Release

Ballwin, MO – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement in response to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the inclusion of the Wagner Language to uphold her law, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), in the renegotiated text.

“Today’s USMCA announcement creates more balanced and fairer trade for American workers. It stimulates U.S. manufacturing by supporting domestic vehicle and auto parts production, and sets new standards for agricultural biotechnology, a key industry here in Missouri’s 2nd District. This new agreement also modernizes IP standards and protects American innovation, and increases market access and stability for American farmers, including expanded access to dairy products, poultry, and eggs, and a strengthened environment for food manufacturing and rural jobs across Missouri.

“Importantly, I have worked with U.S. trade negotiators to guarantee this agreement includes the Wagner Language, specific language upholding my recently enacted law, FOSTA, to help stop the online sex trade here at home and now throughout North America. The Wagner Language allows our trading partners to enact domestic laws that enable victims to sue the websites that facilitate the sex trade and empower law enforcement at all levels—federal, state, and local—to enforce their criminal laws against the websites that sell women and children. I would like to thank Ambassador Lighthizer, the White House, and Ivanka Trump for working with me to ensure that the United States remains the leader in the global fight against modern-day slavery. I hope that USMCA guides legislatures across our continent to enact strong laws that protect victims and dismantle the online sex trade.”