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Texas U.S. Senators Among Those Sending The USMCA Trade Bill To The President

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade pact that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico.

Passage of the measure gives President Donald Trump a major policy victory before senators turns their full attention to his impeachment trial. The measure goes to Trump for his signature.

It would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. It tore down most trade barriers and triggered a surge in trade.

But Trump and other critics blamed NAFTA for encouraging U.S. companies to move their manufacturing plants south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican laborers.

Click below for comments from Senator John Cornyn of Texas, visiting with reporters January 15, 2019:

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Statement from Senator John Cornyn of Texas:

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) gave the following remarks on the Senate floor yesterday ahead of the Senate’s ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

“This is a top priority for my constituents, who are farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, as well as consumers, whose daily lives are impacted by trade with our neighbors to the north and south, and we’ll soon be able to market as yet another win for Texas under this Administration.”

“It’s better, it’s stronger, and it’s up to date.”

“This trade agreement will bring serious benefits to my constituents and my state and continue to strengthen our national economy. I appreciate the President’s commitment to strengthening our trading agreements with our neighbors and bolstering a stronger North America. USMCA is a big win for all three countries involved, and it is a big win for the state of Texas.”

Statement from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding his vote in support of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“Texans know firsthand the importance of international trade, especially with Mexico and Canada. That’s because no state in the union has more invested in trade with our neighbors than the Lone Star State. As a fierce competitor on the international stage, Texas is home to more than 2.2 million jobs dependent on trade.

“I am proud to have voted to pass USMCA, which is anticipated to create 180,000 more jobs and provide a $70 billion boost to U.S. GDP. This deal is a win for Texas farmers, ranchers, businesses, and manufacturers, and will ensure greater economic opportunity for every American.

“While I support USMCA, I am disappointed Big Tech’s special immunity from liability – often referred to by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – was included in the final agreement. More and more Americans are concerned about Big Tech’s pattern of political bias and censorship, and enshrining 230 provisions in our trade agreements is a mistake.

“I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate and President Trump and his administration to ensure our trade agreements going forward reflect settled American law, values, and customs.”

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