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The following are comments from local, state and national leaders, and groups regarding Monday morning’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) preliminary agreement.
Cornyn Statement on U.S.-Mexico Trade Announcement
‘Millions of jobs in Texas depend on an updated NAFTA, and it’s important that we get this right.’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the President announced a preliminary agreement between the United States and Mexico to update the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
“This is a positive step, and now we need to ensure the final agreement brings Canada in to the fold and has bipartisan support. A trilateral agreement is the best path forward, and any modernized agreement should do no harm to states like Texas whose economy has seen the benefits of cross-border commerce. Millions of jobs in Texas depend on an updated NAFTA, and it’s important that we get this right.”
Rep Beto O’Rourke – Congressman / US Senate Candidate (via Twitter)
“Terminating NAFTA will have a real life, long lasting impact on farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, energy producers, small business owners in Texas. It generates $112 billion in exports for our state annually with 1 million jobs in our state connected to trade with Mexico alone.”
Texas Farm Bureau statement on trade deal with Mexico
The following statement regarding the announcement of trade progress with Mexico can be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening.
“Today’s announcement is the type of news that Texas farmers and ranchers have been waiting to hear. Texas Farm Bureau is encouraged by the news of a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Our state’s trading relationship with Mexico is very important to Texas agriculture and to the overall health of our Texas economy. While we await details of the new trade agreement with Mexico, we’re pleased to see progress on actual trade agreements and not the escalating nature of retaliatory tariffs.
“The North American Free Trade Agreement has benefitted U.S. agriculture, and we hope this new deal promotes even more trade with our neighbor to the south. We hope Canada comes to the table soon and joins this agreement or enters into a new agreement with the U.S. on its own.”
Borderplex Alliance CEO Statement on Preliminary NAFTA Deal
Borderplex Alliance CEO Jon Barela released the following statement today in reaction to the United States and Mexico reaching a preliminary agreement to revise NAFTA:
“NAFTA has been an unqualified success for the U.S., Mexico, and the Borderplex region. More than 5 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico. In Texas, an estimated 380,000 jobs depend on trade with Mexico. In New Mexico, 36,200 jobs, and in the Borderplex region, nearly 1 in 4 jobs depend on cross-border trade with Mexico. A successful ratification of a new NAFTA will solidify the Borderplex region as the 4th largest manufacturing hub in North America. NAFTA is essential to the economic competitiveness of North America, the dynamism of our region, and economic growth for our three great nations. As we await details on the terms of the deal, I remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects for modernized and strengthened NAFTA.”