Trade

This week Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and I met with top Mexican government officials to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).I released the following statement upon completion of the meetings:
I issued the following statements regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), H.R. 2740 and H. Res. 430:
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Mexico is a valued ally and the new tariffs are not yet in effect, so there is a window here for both countries to find common ground. It is in both of our interests to do so, economically and for stronger security.
We must work together to shut the backdoor of illegal immigration so that we can keep open the front door of legal immigration. This will protect American wages and strengthen our workforce, and I support President Trump’s...
I led a letter to President Trump supporting his ‘maximum pressure strategy’ against Iran and urging him to refrain from renewing further sanctions exemptions to countries that are currently importing Iranian oil. 
Kevin Brady The Woodlands Chamber Economic Outlook Conference
At a recent Economic Outlook Conference held in The Woodlands, Texas and themed around “the pathway to sustainable growth,” Republican Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08) called in to comment on the current and future state...
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...
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...
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.
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...
I authored the following op-ed in the McAllen Monitor explaining my bipartisan legislation to address the current border crisis while preserving our strong relationship with Mexico.
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Monday on the floor, I discussed the importance of preserving the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico while working to secure our southern border. 
Maintaining the standard hours of operation at the Amistad Dam Port of Entry will allow the flow of legitimate trade and travel to continue flowing efficiently and effectively, ensuring the continued vitality of the local,...
While I support CBP’s unwavering effort to effectively meet its mandate, I am gravely concerned about the consequences that the recently announced diversion of resources is having on our nation’s ports of entry.
The Chinese are shooting themselves in the foot. Previous policies allowed them to ravage the world, not just America. But that came with a price. 
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...
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:
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...
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...

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