Instead of focusing on fanciful far left wish-lists like the Green New Deal or nationalized health care, Congress has the opportunity to focus on policies that will help hard-working Americans pay their bills. The United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) fits squarely in that category, and it should be the number one priority on each lawmaker’s “to do” list. It enjoys the support of Georgians from every political ideology. That’s because more than 380,000 jobs in Georgia are supported by trade with Canada and Mexico, according to Trade Partnership Worldwide, and the USMCA will strengthen the state’s economic outlook for future generations in manufacturing sectors ranging from agriculture commodities, motor vehicles, carpets, tractors, and civilian aircraft to name a few. I can safely say that the USMCA is the most successful trade deal of my adult lifetime, and I believe it will be one of, if not the most, beneficial trade deals ever for the State of Georgia.
Right now, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada and Mexico are Georgia’s top export markets. The National Association of Manufacturers found that Georgia’s motor vehicle exports to our North American neighbors have increased more than four-fold, and our chemical exports have increased more than 70 percent in the last decade – that’s real growth under NAFTA! And under a renegotiated USMCA, the International Trade Commission estimates that American exports to Canada will increase by $19 billion and exports to Mexico by $14 billion. In 2018, a quarter of Georgia’s exports went to Mexico and Canada. The USMCA will give us more robust access to two of our top five trading partners, which will support our workers and manufacturers even more. That economic growth will lead to greater foreign investments in our state and national economies and will create thousands of jobs for Americans.