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Gov. Mike DeWine talks to farmer Kris Swartz in Perrysburg on June 19, 2019.
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It looks like 2019 could be the first year in a decade where Ohio loses jobs. Will 2020 provide better job prospects in the state?

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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After months of negotiation, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Friday announced his support for the new North American trade deal, also known as the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). It’s the first time Brown has publicly thrown his support behind a trade deal.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the bipartisan support for a new North American trade deal. Case Western Reserve University law professor Juscelino Colares joins the show.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says progress is being made in Washington D.C. even as two articles of impeachment are being brought against President Trump.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown says he needs to take a closer look at the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement before making a decision.

House Democrats and organized labor have thrown their support behind an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The announcement came on the same day Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump.

"This is a day we've all been working to," declared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. But in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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With Congress back in session, Republicans say they are ready to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Vice President Mike Pence at a groundbreaking of a manufacturing plant in Lancaster on July 30, 2019.
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More than 300 guests filled a tent set up in a rain-soaked field to see Vice President Mike Pence help executives break ground on a new Lancaster manufacturing plant.

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The Trump administration has reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, in a move that could put the three nations a step closer to ratifying the USMCA trade deal that would replace NAFTA.

The tariffs will be lifted within two days, according to a joint U.S.-Canada statement posted by Canada's foreign ministry.

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Despite the U.S., Mexico, and Canada signing a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, tariffs and national politics have kept speedbumps in the way of closure. 

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says she will vote to defeat the new North American Free Trade Agreement worked out by the Trump Administration last fall. On Friday the Democrat said one of the reasons she is opposed to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is an expansion of drug company exclusivity. 

“You weren’t expecting that the pharmaceutical issue would be hidden in a trade bill but it is,” said Kaptur.

The new trade deal with Canada and Mexico has been warmly welcomed by farmers, manufacturers and business groups across the country, but not always for the reasons President Trump anticipated.

While the president has touted improvements and changes as compared to North American Free Trade Agreement, many people are focusing on what didn't change and expressing relief that there's a deal at all.

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The new trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could change the prices on the next car you drive, the medicine you take, and the milk you drink. That dairy portion was a big sticking point in negotiating with Canada about their complex dairy tariff system, and the changes are drawing praise from Ohio’s dairy industry.

Late Sunday night, the Trump Administration and Canada agreed on a deal to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement

The renamed U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) addresses environmental issues including invasive species, pollution from ships, sustainable forestry, plastics pollution, and ozone protections.