January 9th, 2019
Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and I introduced the Cambodian Trade Act of 2019, which would require the administration to review the preferential trade treatment Cambodia receives under the General System of Preferences (GSP...
July 16th, 2018
I released the following statement after voting for a motion that would give Congress a role in the Administration’s imposition of tariffs on imports related to national security:
April 12th, 2018
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, I delivered the following opening remarks during a hearing to examine the challenges U.S. businesses, manufacturers...
March 1st, 2018
President Trump announced Thursday he plans to institute tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum next week, arguing it will level the playing field for American companies and help them expand after plant closings in recent...
December 5th, 2017
Yesterday I addressed the Texas Farm Bureau’s 84th Annual Meeting.
October 31st, 2017
In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from...
September 21st, 2017
Last week, I was happy to announce the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Port of Corpus Christi Project Partnership Agreement allowing the port to begin working on its widening and deepening project.
July 7th, 2017
Over more than 70 years we have developed a strong strategic partnership with India. We have a lot in common when it comes to national security and counterterrorism.
June 16th, 2017
John Cornyn and I authored the following op-ed in the Dallas Morning News on what they would like to see in an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) based on the Texas model.
June 14th, 2017
Last week I participated in a roundtable discussion with community leaders and executive board members of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso. There, I discussed the importance of trade to the Texas economy, my efforts in...
November 30th, 2018
President Trump has said from the beginning that his tariffs were designed to get trading partners back to the table and to hammer out deals that benefits all parties. One of the first areas of focus was with Canada and...
June 6th, 2018
The Department of Labor issued a report last week that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, the lowest it’s been in 18 years. With almost one million jobs created since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law...
March 29th, 2018
The new U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) is good for the American economy, good for American workers, and good for the U.S.-South Korean alliance. Under the updated trade pact, the U.S.
January 22nd, 2018
It is important that Americans know who the Chinese are, what they are up to, and what their plans are in the future. We will start with North Korea No question about it: China could rein in North Korea and little Kim if...
November 22nd, 2017
SAN ANTONIO – Facing uncertainty brought on by President Donald Trump’s talk of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement, Texas business leaders on Monday asked Sen.
October 18th, 2017
Yesterday I discussed the importance of modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the fourth round of negotiations between the United States, Mexico, and Canada come to a close.
August 17th, 2017
Today’s modern economy looks very different than it did more than two decades ago when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has been a major economic driver for Texas, but there’s still a need to modernize this agreement to reflect the...
June 27th, 2017
Yesterday I announced the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act, which will eliminate the current arduous process that discourages liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade and increase LNG exports by facilitating permits to non-Free...
June 16th, 2017
Yesterday I issued the following statement regarding Panama’s announcement earlier this week to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan: