The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect Wednesday, will provide increased economic opportunities for the United States, Rep. Tom Reed said during a media call Tuesday.

Reed said the USMCA, a free trade agreement among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, provides aid to the dairy market, increases American job opportunities and standardizes digital trade.

“We fought hard to put these agreements between Mexico and Canada together and to make sure it was brought into the 2020 standards,” he said.

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Reed, whose district includes the Greater Olean area, said the agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, will benefit Western New York.

“Our first priority is our dairy farmers, and USMCA will increase demand,” he said.

He added the agreement will allow “better access to wine and grapes, which is a critical issue, and increase the digital trade that will lead to potential job creation and economic activity.”

During the media call, Reed also said he has not been formally briefed on reports that a Russian intelligence unit paid the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers, but he denounced any Russian effort to target U.S. troops.

“Anytime Russia targets American soldiers with a bounty, we’re going to have a serious conversation and investigation into that as that is completely and wholly inacceptable,” he said.

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