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Hartzler in the Press – The Washington Examiner: “Pass USMCA to boost American automakers”

September 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) published an opinion editorial in support of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), highlighting the positive impact the agreement will have on the American auto industry.

The agreement, which is currently going through legislative and parliamentary processes in both Mexico and Canada, will invest approximately $34 billion over 5 years in automotive research and development and surrounding industries, will provide safeguards for U.S. wage earners against cheap labor from abroad, and will require 75 percent of automobile components be made in North America in order to take advantage of the tariff-free benefits.

“My home state of Missouri houses one of Ford's assembly plants, building the company’s most profitable model, the F-150 line. Many of our communities depend on a robust auto industry, and the passage of the USMCA will help create just that,” Hartzler wrote in the op-ed.

In the piece, Hartzler said that nearly $23 million will go into U.S. auto part purchases and promoting automotive research and development so that America remains a competitive player in the global automotive industry.

“These investments alone will create 76,000 new well-paying jobs right here in America, targeting communities like the auto industries housed in Missouri,” Hartzler said.

In the op-ed, Hartzler urged her Democratic colleagues to hold a vote on the USMCA, saying that it would easily pass the House if given the chance. Both Mexico and Canada have already begun their enactment processes with the agreement having been introduced in their respective parliamentary chambers. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has not yet brought the agreement for discussion or a vote.

“It has become clear over the last decade that NAFTA’s rules over automobile manufacturing were outdated and were hurting the American auto industry. Under the new USMCA, we are creating a freer, fairer, global economic environment for American-made automobiles to thrive,” Hartzler said. “The USMCA is the right deal for Missouri and the right deal for America. I hope Congressional Democrats will join with my Republican colleagues to pass this agreement.”

The full op-ed can be found here. For further information, contact Danny Jativa in the Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2876 or at danny.jativa@mail.house.gov.

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