BISMARCK — The three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation expressed gratitude to President Donald Trump after he signed the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

If Canada ratifies the new trade deal as expected, it would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump campaigned on getting rid of NAFTA and instituting an agreement more favorable to American workers and companies. The deal was originally announced in September 2018, but congressional Democrats demanded changes to the proposal. The Democratic-held House of Representatives and Republican-held Senate passed an updated version of the deal with bipartisan support at the end of last year.

The new deal will be viewed as victory for Trump at a time when his impeachment trial in the Senate is ongoing. The deal includes major new protections for American workers, many of which were negotiated by House Democrats, according to The Washington Post.

Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, both R-N.D., thanked the Trump administration for getting the deal across the finish line.

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"USMCA brings benefits for a wide range of industries across our country, and notably, provides better access to our two biggest trading partners for agriculture and energy producers in North Dakota," Hoeven said in a news release.

"Approving this deal ensures the manufacturers, service providers, agricultural communities, and energy producers in North Dakota and across the country are able to operate on an equal playing field with some of our biggest trading partners and puts them in a better position to fulfill their missions," Cramer said in a news release.

U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., praised the new agreement, calling it "the biggest trade victory for our country in a generation" in a tweet posted Wednesday.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring also expressed support for the deal's passage, saying in a news release it "helps address technical trade barriers and will create more access to Canadian and Mexican markets."

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum also said he was grateful to Trump for signing the deal that will provide "increased market certainty and access to our world-class energy and agricultural producers."

Nearly 88% of North Dakota's foreign exports went to Canada in 2018, while about 3% went to Mexico, the state's second largest foreign trading partner, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. North Dakota's exports to Canada have more than doubled between 2015 and 2018, with nearly $7 billion in exports heading north in 2018.

If implemented, the deal would increase national gross domestic product and exports to Canada and Mexico, according to U.S. International Trade Commission.