(COLUMBUS) – Members of the Ohio Senate today urged Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Act (USMCA). The USMCA modernizes the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement and will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in North America. According to a report from the International Trade Commission, USMCA will add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and spur 176,000 new jobs. For more information on the national, industry and state-specific benefits of the agreement, visit www.ustr.gov.
“USMCA will provide increased opportunities for Ohio’s diverse economy: for manufacturing, for agriculture, and for small businesses throughout the state. Congress should ratify USMCA without further delay.”
Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Senate President
"The USMCA is beneficial to all Ohioans, including nearly 30,000 grain farmers, supporting 71,328 jobs; 26,000 soybean farmers, with an annual economic impact of $5.3 billion; as well as 2,5000 dairy farmers, who contribute $436 million annually in economic impact. Ohio's eggs, chicken and turkey farms create more than 14,600 jobs and contribute $412 million annually in economic impact. $745 million is generated by 17,000 cattle farms in Ohio, and the states pork producers support more than 13,000 jobs generating over $800 million in economic impact. The positive impact in our agriculture community is the reason I am joining my colleagues in supporting this important trade deal."
Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House, Ohio), President Pro Tempore
"Ohio’s workforce is ready for the USMCA. For too long NAFTA sent our jobs overseas. Now, we have the opportunity to put Ohio’s work ethic, training and qualifications to work for the future of our families and our state."
Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima, Ohio), Majority Floor Leader
“The USMCA is a big win for Ohio’s economy, bringing jobs and business to our state. I commend the hard-work of the U.S. to get this done, ensuring fairer trade for the American people.”
Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark, Ohio), Majority Whip
“I represent one of the largest agriculture districts in Ohio, which is one of the many reasons I support the passage of the USMCA now. This agreement is a huge win for farmers, businesses and our economy!”
Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City, Ohio)
“There are no more important trading partners in ensuring economic prosperity than our neighbors to the north and south. Ohio exports more than $50 billion of manufactured goods to them yearly, and that trade supports nearly 500 thousand jobs. The USMCA will protect those jobs by allowing our agricultural and industrial sectors to flourish. Moreover, its protections for intellectual property rights, while also cutting red tape, will spur new innovation in our small business community. I encourage Congress to approve the USMCA expeditiously, as its benefit is indisputable.”
Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson, Ohio)
“The USMCA will not only bring about substantial positive change for businesses across Ohio but will also put the American worker first and give them a seat at the table, where their long-too-silent voice may be heard.”
Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction, Ohio)
“Trade is the life blood of a growing economy and we here in Ohio support agreements like USMCA that encourage businesses to provide customers with the highest quality goods and services at the lowest cost to the customer.”
Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township, Ohio)
“Ohio’s trade relationship with Mexico and Canada is vital to our economy. In 2017, the value of our exports to those countries topped $25 billion. The new USMCA will build upon that success and create more opportunities for Ohioans. I urge Congress to ratify the agreement now.”
Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green, Ohio)
“Over the last 25 years, the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has done great harm to American farmers, business owners, and workers. The USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is a unique opportunity for fair and meaningful reforms, which will give American businesses unprecedented access to Canadian and Mexican markets, and protect American jobs. I join many of my colleagues today in urging the United States Congress to take action on the USMCA immediately, and to secure the future of our economic partnerships with our neighbors.”
Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon, Ohio)
“I urge Congress to ratify the USMCA. It offers positive, comprehensive reforms for both workers and employers, encouraging the production of more goods here at home, strengthens labor standards and wages, and improves intellectual property rights. This modernization of our trade policy is the basis for our economic revival.”
Senator Lou Terhar (R-Green Township)
“Ohio does about $25 billion in export trade with Mexico and Canada. The agreement that governs much of it, NAFTA, is 25 years old and does not reflect sound policy for the current age. USMCA, if Congress ratifies it, would bring our commercial relationships with our neighbors finally into the 21st century. It will enhance Ohio farmers’ access to new markets, create stronger labor standards abroad to level the playing field of international competition, and increase the percentage of American and North American content that autos and auto parts must contain. There is much more to USMCA than that, but the short point is many of its provisions will enhance Ohio’s export trade and the jobs it supports. Congress should ratify it and not miss this historic opportunity.”
Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township, Ohio)
“I urge Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The USMCA will provide more job opportunities for Ohioans and grow our diverse economy of manufacturing, agriculture and small businesses.”
Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville, Ohio)
“The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a good deal for Ohio workers, manufacturers, and farmers. It fixes the unfair trade agreements of the past that pit our worker protections and product safety against lower cost countries that historically have lower standards of worker safety and consumer product safety. The USMCA levels the economic playing field, encourages lower cost countries to improve standards, and will provide numerous benefits to 20th district workers and their families.”
Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster, Ohio)
"I am writing to express my strong support of the ratification of the U.S.- Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA). The USMCA makes important improvements to the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. It will bolster our nation’s economy and will be of a significant benefit to Ohio’s agricultural and auto manufacturing industries. I encourage bipartisan support of this important trade agreement."
Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton, Ohio)
"I urge Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which supports mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets. This agreement will spur economic growth in Ohio, bringing jobs and increased opportunities for small businesses throughout the state."
Senator Bob Hackett (R-London, Ohio)