Arizona politicians, business leaders cheer trade deal signing
PHOENIX – Arizona politicians and business leaders celebrated the Wednesday signing of the U.S. trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that rewrote rules and replaced a nearly 26-year-old version.
President Donald Trump said the USMCA will keep jobs, wealth and growth in America.
“This is good news for everyone in Arizona,” Mesa Mayor John Giles told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News a few hours before the deal was signed.
Giles, a Republican, was one of the Arizonans invited to attend the signing on the South Lawn of the White House.
“We don’t need to be reminded that Mexico is our biggest trading partner … (and) it’s one of the red-letter days of (Trump’s) presidency.
“It was time to update it,” Giles said.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement: “The USMCA means more jobs and trade for Arizona and closer ties with Canada and Mexico, where the state exports nearly $10 billion in Arizona-made goods already.”
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) January 29, 2020
Applause for the agreement reached across political parties.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton said in a statement: “With the USMCA, we have demonstrated that even in the most divided times, Congress can still come together in a bipartisan way to deliver real results.”
With the USCMA, we have demonstrated that even in the most divided times, Congress can still come together in a bipartisan way to deliver real results. My full statement: https://t.co/JVmUxnC0By
— Greg Stanton (@RepGregStanton) January 29, 2020
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 29, 2020
A historic day. CEO @GlennHamer on hand at today's bill signing ceremony on #USMCA. We thank the administration, congressional leaders, and the Ariz. business community and government leaders like @dougducey for their work to make today possible. https://t.co/NVUu0gIIyW
— Arizona Chamber #USMCANow (@AZChamber) January 29, 2020
“This is the most important trade agreement ever signed and ratified by the United States,” Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce told KTAR News.
— Glenn Hamer (@GlennHamer) January 29, 2020
• Create 176,000 new jobs.
• Add $68 billion in new economic growth.
• Deliver a win for American families, farmers, workers, & businesses.
Promises made. Promises kept. #USMCAWin.
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) January 29, 2020
Trump made renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement a priority during his 2016 campaign, although trade experts say the impact of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be modest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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