Special to GeorgiaPol by Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA-3)

From time to time we publish op-eds from elected officials. Today’s from west Georgia’s own Congressman Ferguson.

The USMCA is good for Third District workers, manufacturers  

By Congressman Drew Ferguson

In the 115th Congress, we were able to pass important legislation that directly helped Georgians across the Third District. From tax reform to funding for career-technical education, we worked on policy initiatives that give Georgians the opportunity to seize the American Dream.

In the 116th Congress, I am continuing to work on legislation that is critical to American workers and job creators across the Third District. At the top of that list is congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This trade agreement modernizes our trading partnerships with our North American neighbors and allows Americans to continue leading the world in the global economy. 

There couldn’t be a better time to implement this new agreement. After years of sluggish recovery, our economy is booming again and growing 50 percent faster than projected. America’s economy is once again the most competitive in the world in which to do business and thanks to the hard work of President Trump, experiencing a renaissance in American manufacturing.

The success of manufacturing in my district highlights how Republican pro-growth policies like tax and regulatory reform are equipping businesses and workers to compete and win in the 21st century. Passage of the USMCA will build on these successes that have helped thousands of Georgians secure quality, good-paying jobs and stimulate local economies.

The USMCA maintains duty-free access for Third District products in both Mexico and Canada. As the United States’ largest foreign purchasers of manufactured goods, ensuring open access to Canadian and Mexican markets is vitally important to the continued success of American job creators.

However, just as the USMCA represents tremendous opportunity, the cost of delaying passage is steep. Every day we don’t pass the USMCA is another day that hurts American jobs and the opportunity for American businesses to sell their products to customers in Canada and Mexico.

This agreement gives every American the chance to compete in the world marketplace and is especially critical to Georgia’s Third District. Not only do we have more than 15,000 individuals whose jobs are directly tied to the auto manufacturing industry, but there are thousands of workers across West Georgia who work in advanced manufacturing making products that will be exported around the world. From copper wire to textiles, Georgia’s Third District exports countless products abroad.

The manufactured goods Americans export to Mexico and Canada each year not only support 43,000 businesses across the United States, but over 2 million American jobs for American workers. Each day we delay the passage of the USMCA creates uncertainty for each and every person whose livelihood relies on open access to the global marketplace.

Unfortunately, instead of working across the aisle to work on behalf of the American people to pass the USMCA, Nancy Pelosi has scheduled show votes on messaging bills that don’t have a hope of going anywhere in the Senate. Instead of compromise, she insists on partisanship at the expense of everyday Americans who want their government to work for them.

This has been increasingly frustrating to watch. I have always measured success based on tangible progress and have never been one to sit back and relax after a goal is reached. I always move on to the next project, and Congress should too.

If the House took a vote on the USMCA today, I am convinced it would easily pass with bipartisan support. Nancy Pelosi must put aside her partisan agenda and bring forward this trade agreement that helps the American people. The USMCA agreement should be the highest priority, and I will proudly join my colleagues in sending it to President Trump’s desk.

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NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Mitch McConnell insists on partisanship at the expense of everyday Americans who want their government to work for them. Blaming failure due to partisanship from the other side is sheer hypocrisy.
You might want to look at the problems with USMCA and work to get better protections for consumers, workers, small businesses and traditional farm practices.
http://tradeforpeopleandplanet.org/usmca-is-another-corporate-power-grab-we-need-a-real-nafta-replacement/

alpha male
alpha male

Well then No party, here is your chance. Dig deep. Then dig deeper and give til it hurts to Amy McGrath. I urge all you leftists to make McGrath this cycle’s Beto. Cocaine Mitch is there for the taking. Go get him.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Good point. Them ‘leftists’, and other-with-or-without-labels, better get busy.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Why does the congressman expect bipartisan after congress sat on 3 corporate tax reform proposal President Obama gave the house? If the economy was sluggish, why hold off a corporate tax break for 6 years? If trade was so important, why allow Trump to pull out of the TTP, which would do more for the trade between Mexico and Canada them USMCA, plus give the US better bargaining against China by locking in trade deals with their neighbors? If you don’t approve of show votes why did you vote dozens of time to end the ACA, knowing it would be… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Sorry Drew, today’s Republican party is a personality cult. Why didn’t you do this when you’re party held every lever of power in DC? Because you don’t believe in anything except power at all costs.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Each day we delay the passage of the USMCA creates uncertainty for each and every person whose livelihood relies on open access to the global marketplace. But, according to Congressman Ferguson, our economy is “booming” and “growing 50 percent faster than projected” without the USMCA. I’d note that his column is devoid of any explanation as to what substantive changes USMCA presents when compared to NAFTA. As for the notion that a delay in passage “creates uncertainty,” I’m gonna call b.s. Any uncertainty with regard to the future of trade between the US, Mexico, and Canada stems from the “stable… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I stopped early on at “After years of sluggish recovery, our economy is booming again and growing 50 percent faster than projected.” The economy isn’t even growing at 50% more than when it was supposedly sluggish. The lion’s share of that extra growth is going to the top, which is to be expected when there’s a $100 billion a year being printed and given to them.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I got upset at that line, too. I realize the piece is designed to be persuasive, but it’s disingenuous ( and imo, morally wrong for an elected official) to misrepresent in such ways. As if the Rep. relies on the fact that no one who reads the piece will review real GDP growth over the past years, or care about which “projection” he’s referencing. Because it certainly wasn’t the projections of the CBO: https://news.yahoo.com/trumps-tax-cut-law-barely-072027514.html and the results in growth don’t reflect anything so great and unexpected per a report by the Congressional Research Service: https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/R45736.html And there certainly wasn’t the… Read more »