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Babin Statement on Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada

Washington, October 1, 2018

DEER PARK, TX – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement after the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to a new trilateral trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to receive an up-or-down vote in Congress next year.

“I applaud President Trump for delivering on his campaign promise to strike a new deal with Mexico and Canada – a feat many claimed impossible. The 36th Congressional District is a hub of international trade and is the second largest exporter in the State of Texas. Though I have long had concerns with certain provisions of NAFTA, with trade such a vital part of our economy, it is imperative any trade deal does not significantly disrupt existing economic sectors and fulfills the President’s promise to reform the deal in the best interests of working Americans.

“Congress now must review and vote on USMCA, and I pledge to carefully evaluate this deal before the vote to ensure it is good for Texas and America. I also want to seize this opportunity to resolve the Loadmaster issue and ensure a fair resolution by PEMEX and the Mexican government. President Trump’s policies have spurred our economy to its best performance in decades, but we are not finished yet. I look forward to continue working with the President for the benefit of the people of Texas.”