Trump’s Canada-Mexico trade pact would give Illinois a lift

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have a real opportunity to transform North American trade by passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This new agreement, which will soon be before Congress, would modernize and strengthen free trade with our biggest export markets, Canada and Mexico, and help businesses in Illinois and across the U.S. sell more of our goods.

Manufacturers in Illinois and across the country are driven by open and fair trade. In fact, data from the National Association of Manufacturers shows that Illinois manufacturers export $61 billion worth of goods to nations around the globe—with $27 billion worth sold to Canada and Mexico. These North American exports support one out of three manufacturing firms and nearly 70,000 jobs. And on a national scale, more than 2 million manufacturing jobs and 40,000 small and midsize businesses depend on North American trade.

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This major economic impact is exactly why I joined Vice President Mike Pence and many other manufacturing leaders from across the nation in Washington, D.C., to discuss the importance of passing the USMCA. Among this diverse group, which represented many different segments of manufacturing and ranged from small to large businesses, the sentiment was unanimous—this new trade agreement is critical to the livelihood of U.S. manufacturing and its employees.

But as a small manufacturer from Illinois, I know the importance of the USMCA.

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