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Cline: New trade deal is critical for economy


Cline represents the 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a Republican from Botetourt County.

Last month, the long-awaited United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) finally went into effect. Negotiated by President Trump to replace the antiquated NAFTA trade agreement, the USMCA will be a critical program for our country. The agreement has the potential to raise our GDP by $235 billion, and add close to 600,000 jobs across the nation, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

In key industries here locally and across the country, the USMCA will be a massive success for our American manufacturers. In the auto industry, we will see up to 76,000 new jobs created with a potential for $34 billion in new investment. This great achievement would not have been possible without the dedication of President Trump and Congressional Republicans, who overcame reluctance from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to successfully push the agreement through the U.S. Congress last year.

In Virginia, and especially here in the Sixth Congressional District, agriculture is a critical component of our economy, supporting over 8,500 jobs and a $1 billion price tag on exports. Virginia has always maintained a crucial trade relationship […]

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