Texas Delegation Urges Passage of the USMCA
Washington, December 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – After today’s announcement, Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) and several members of the Texas delegation released statements once again urging the passage of the negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) before Congress is released for the holiday season.
“The USMCA will create thousands of new American jobs and generate billions in economic growth. No other state will benefit more from this bill than the great state of Texas. This agreement will not only strengthen America’s relationship with Canada and Mexico, but also significantly push our nation forward. Congress must pass the USMCA now, before the 2019 session ends,” said Rep. Brian Babin.
“For North Texans, trade with Mexico and Canada means jobs for more than 36,000 folks in the 32nd District, which is why this has been such a priority for me. I commend my colleagues for working together to reach a consensus on a trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Acting on this agreement will provide much needed economic stability to our region,” said Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32).
“We have nearly a million Texas workers dependent upon trade, and a new modern trade agreement with Mexico and Canada is good for job growth, it’s good for small businesses, it’s good for our ranchers and farmers, and it’s good for the United States of America,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08).
“In Houston, we know the benefits of trade and we rely on our North American trading partners in many ways. I was glad to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle—especially my Texas colleagues—to get this deal done, and to get the best deal possible for our workers, our businesses, and our environment. Among the many significant improvements in the agreement are important provisions for our energy economy, codifying a new zero-tariff policy that further encourages energy exports across North America for years to come,” said Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07).
“The things that make America great are the things America makes,” said Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14).
“This is a defining moment for our nation: we have an opportunity to pass one of the largest trilateral trade agreements. The North American Free Trade Agreement gave rise to the greatest display of economic growth in the history of Texas, United States, Mexico, and Canada. Now, it is time to continue to build on this economic prosperity by passing the USMCA,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28).
“Mexico has become our largest trading partner, and no state benefits more from that trade than Texas. Every day without USMCA costs jobs, customers, and a stronger economy. This is not a partisan issue, it is time for a vote,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13).
“This isn’t just important for Texas, this is important for the rest of our country and the rest of the world,” said Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23).
“The USMCA will unleash a $2 billion annual increase in food exports while supporting more than 114,000 jobs in Texas that depend on manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico. I urge Speaker Pelosi to move the ball across the finish line, so the hardworking Texans I represent, which includes thousands of ranchers and farmers, can begin reaping the benefits of revitalized trade opportunities in North America,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04).
“After a year since President Trump announced an agreement, Congress finally will vote on USMCA next week. With nearly one million Texas jobs supported by trade with Mexican and Canada, we cannot afford to further delay its passage. In fact, in my TX-10 district, of all jobs supported by trade, just over 60 percent are supported by trade with Mexico and Canada. This deal will benefit our Texas farmers, ranchers, auto manufacturers and small business owners by creating a stronger economy to better support Texas industries. As Members of Congress, our job is to represent the interests of the American people, and that is why I urge my fellow colleagues to vote for its passage,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10).
“This is ultimately, for me, about jobs. Of course it’s important to realize those jobs aren’t numbers on a spreadsheet, those jobs are families,” said Rep. Michael Cloud (TX-27).
“The economic benefit resulting from trade with Mexico and Canada for my district cannot be understated. Every day, Collin County businesses and workers tell me how important the USMCA is for their expanded hiring potential, their plans for growing their companies, and what these good paying jobs mean for their families. I’m excited to stand with my Republican and Democrat colleagues as we work to get this agreement over the finish line before the end of the year,” said Rep. Van Taylor (TX-03).
“It’s time Speaker Pelosi hears the bipartisan, collective voices supporting this agreement,” said Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25).
“Mexico and Canada are Texas’s largest trading partners. Every day that this trade agreement is held up by Speaker Pelosi, Texans are missing out. The USMCA would easily pass and after a year of waiting, it’s beyond time to bring this to the floor and get it done for Texas,” said Rep. John Carter (TX-31).
“The best Christmas gift that Congress can give to America’s farmers, ranchers, workers, manufacturers, and businesses is to approve the USMCA now,” said Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17).
“My Houston congressional district is, proudly, one of the largest and most diverse in the country — passing the USMCA will benefit everyone in it. With more than 40% of jobs in TX-22 tied to trade with Canada and Mexico, passage of USMCA can’t wait another minute,” said Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22).
“After a year of needless delay by Speaker Pelosi and Democrat leadership, we are finally ready to deliver a win for America and to farmers, ranchers, and workers across West Texas by passing the USMCA,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19).
“Growing up on a dairy farm I know firsthand how unfair Canada’s milk pricing program is. This will be eliminated in the USMCA so dairy farmers in Texas will have more export opportunities and greater market access. USMCA is a big win for America’s farmers,” said Rep. Ron Wright (TX-06).
“Robust free trade throughout the Western Hemisphere is critical to the future of our national economy and national security. Twenty-five years removed from the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we are a stronger nation, our economy is more robust, and it’s time to update the agreement by passing a clean USMCA into law,” said Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21).
“We’ve got lots of agriculture and lots of industry in East Texas. It works for us, it’s better than NAFTA, we just need to do it,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01).
“Speaker Pelosi’s announcement today is great news for the USMCA and our entire economy. This trade deal contains revolutionary reforms that will help American innovators succeed in the global marketplace. Texas in particular will benefit, as billions of dollars’ worth of trade with Canada and Mexico comes through the Dallas-Fort Worth region each year. Now that the Speaker has announced her support, I urge her to bring the deal up for a vote before the end of the year so that our economy can start 2020 strong,” said Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24).
“We have been asking for a rewrite of NAFTA for as long as I can remember. This President did that, and he delivered. It is now up to Congress to take action and vote to pass USMCA. Additionally, with Mexico being Texas biggest trading partner, passing USMCA will increase opportunities for all Texans and keep our economy strong,” said Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26).