Joins President Trump at White House for Signing of Deal that will Benefit Ohio Workers
COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today joined President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House for the signing of the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
“Today President Trump kept a promise made to the American people to secure a better deal for our workforce and job creators,” said Obhof. “USMCA will encourage our agricultural, manufacturing and automotive industries to flourish, and it will protect our intellectual property rights. It is good for Ohio’s workers, our farmers and our small businesses, and I appreciate all the hard work of the Trump Administration to bring us to this historic day.”
The agreement replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, providing the first major overhaul of these policies in more than two decades. USMCA creates a more level playing field for American workers, removes barriers for small businesses, and encourages more goods and materials to be manufactured in the United States. It also strengthens the food and agriculture trade between the three countries and creates new protections for U.S. intellectual property. To learn more about USMCA, visit www.ustr.gov
The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that USMCA will increase the United States' GDP by $68 billion and create approximately 176,000 jobs, including 76,000 jobs in the U.S. automotive industry.
President Obhof serves on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade
(IGPAC), which provides policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on issues of trade and economic development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of state and local governments. This included consideration of USMCA.
Obhof also sponsored Ohio Senate Resolution 376
, which called upon Congress to ratify USMCA. The Ohio Senate passed SR 376 last October.