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Anthony Gonzalez: ‘Other report’ means more to NE Ohio

The Canton Repository

Washington, April 26, 2019
Tags: Trade

Last week, while America’s eyes were glued to the Mueller report, a second, far less publicized report was released to the American people.

The U.S. International Trade Commission analysis of the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, was released to far less fanfare. Importantly, though, it outlines the projected economic impact of an agreement with the potential to redefine North American commerce for generations to come.

Our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico are absolutely critical to Ohio and the nation. Canada and Mexico are some of our top trading partners, and as such, it is vital we work as a nation to remove barriers to trade and provide economic certainty for our farmers, our small businesses and our manufacturers. For the Buckeye State, this rings particularly true as the ninth largest exporting state in the country.

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I believe passing the USMCA is the single most important near-term piece of legislation Congress realistically can pass between now and the end of the year. While it is likely that changes would need to be made prior to its final passage, particularly pertaining to pharmaceuticals, Congress has a responsibility to consider this trade agreement that would inject needed certainty for Ohioans.

The choice for Northeast Ohio’s economy is clear. More jobs, higher wages and a stronger economy would be the result of passing the USMCA. It is time to put partisan politics aside and put our constituents and communities first.

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