Schaffer Announces Passage of Senate Resolution Urging Immediate Congressional Action on USMCA
COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer
(R-Lancaster) this week announced the Ohio Senate’s passage of Senate Resolution 376, urging the United States Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The agreement, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, would create a more level playing field for American workers, remove barriers for small businesses, and encourage more goods and materials to be manufactured in the United States. It would also strengthen the food and agriculture trade between the three countries and create new protections for U.S. intellectual property.
The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that USMCA will increase the United States' GDP by $68.2 billion and create 176,000 jobs, including 76,800 jobs in the U.S. automotive industry.
“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," said Schaffer. "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.”
In 2017, Ohio exported $25.3 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico, and passage of USMCA would ensure continued growth of Ohio’s export business.
Several Ohio organizations testified in support of SR 376, including the Ohio Chamber, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, and other agricultural groups. Read their statements here
The resolution as passed will now be sent to all members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate.
For more on the benefits of USMCA, visit www.ustr.gov/usmca