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Statements on White House, House Democrats Reaching Deal on USMCA

On Tuesday, a deal was reached on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  Below are comments from local, regional and national leaders on the deal.

This story will be updated throughout the day, as comments are released.

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Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, released the following statement in reaction to the deal reached by the White House and House Democrats on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“This is excellent news for the Borderplex region and all three countries. The Borderplex region is the 4th largest manufacturing hub in North America and a pioneer global trade. This agreement will help us grow our economy, improve our competitiveness, and create new opportunities for economic development. I applaud the bipartisan cooperation used to reach this agreement and strongly urge Congress to ratify the USMCA promptly to keep our economy growing and fortify our region’s position as the gateway of trade for the Americas.”
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Cornyn Statement on US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it reached a final deal with the House Democratic Working Group on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to modernize and strengthen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“I look forward to reviewing the agreement, hearing how it will impact Texas, and providing feedback.”

“Based on Texans’ input, my top priorities have been an agreement that reflects our current economy and protects the millions of Texas jobs that rely on trade with our neighbors. Any replacement for NAFTA must reduce trade barriers for Texas farmers, ranchers, producers, and manufacturers. It is especially necessary at a time when Texans are facing headwinds from trade disputes around the world, especially our agricultural producers.”

“As one of the leaders in the U.S. Senate responsible for our nation’s trade policy, I look forward to reviewing the details to ensure it’s in the best interest of Texas producers and consumers.”

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Texas Farm Bureau’s statement on USMCA progress

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced today an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
“Today’s announcement is great news for Texas farmers and ranchers. We urge members of Congress to swiftly approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This critical agreement will bolster a U.S. farm economy that is in desperate need of new market opportunities and momentum. It is expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports by $2 billion and result in a $65 billion increase in gross domestic product. We thank Congressional leaders and Ambassador Lighthizer for their work and efforts to finalize this new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.”

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TSCRA applauds USMCA deal

Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“We are pleased that the administration and Speaker Pelosi have reached an agreement that will allow USMCA to move forward. Free trade with our neighbors is absolutely vital for American beef producers as Mexico and Canada purchase almost $2 billion of U.S. beef and beef products each year.

We urge both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to pass USMCA without delay. American farmers and ranchers deserve nothing less, and should begin the new year with the certainty of continued duty-free access to two of our largest export markets.”

Op-Ed: For the future of our Region’s Businesses, Congress Must Ratify the USMCA 

To keep our economy growing, Congress must ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For over 25 years, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have prospered under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In addition to helping facilitate trade and business between our nations, NAFTA has empowered our continent to compete with Europe, Asia, and emerging markets the world over. The USMCA is a chance to modernize our continent’s trade agreement, with higher standards, and better policies that will help workers and businesses be even more competitive in the 21st-century economy.

As CEO of the only privately-funded economic development and policy organization that represents three states and two countries along the border, I’ve seen that free trade principles are the foundation of a stable and fruitful relationship with our North American neighbors. The Borderplex region (El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, and Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, NM) is the gateway of trade for the Americas and the fourth-largest manufacturing hub in North America.

In the years that the United States, Canada, and Mexico have operated under clear trade guidelines, exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, manufacturing output in the United States has more than doubled, and our economy has improved significantly, and that’s no coincidence.

That is why I traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week—to encourage Congress to support the USMCA and build upon the quarter-century-old trade agreement. This bold and improved trade deal will address many of the outdated elements of NAFTA and ensure a level playing field for U.S. manufacturers to participate in international markets.

Notably, the USMCA will bring North American trade policy into the digital age by protecting intellectual property and promoting confidence in each economy’s market. This includes best-in-class protections for patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright, and regulatory data—the safety of which has fostered some of the greatest innovations in American history. These new rules will allow the market of ideas to thrive, pushing our communities toward greater innovation and technological improvement.

The USCMA will also allow data to move freely between partnering countries and protect proprietary source code, allowing businesses to focus resources on innovation instead of overbearing data regulation. The deal also contains new chapters on good regulatory practices and technical barriers to trade. These new rules will prevent discriminatory and unfair practices, and they will improve the reliability and accessibility of new markets for businesses in our region and across America.

The reality is, without a modernized trade agreement, Texas manufacturers alone, could face up to $37.3 billion in extra taxes, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. As a result, many manufacturers and businesses would lose sales to our global competitors.

Additionally, the USMCA will help keep the costs of goods and services low. Tariffs are after all nothing more than a consumer tax. An imposition of tariffs, or a consumer tax, will slow the purchases of goods and services, including essential commodities like food, clothing, and transportation.

The next step is congressional action to ratify this critical agreement. We need our U.S. Representatives and Senators in Congress to immediately declare their support and vote to ratify the accord soon. We cannot ignore the economic importance of free trade with Canada and Mexico. The fate of many businesses in the Borderplex region and the nation are on the line.

Jon Barela is the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance based in El Paso, Texas.

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