Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons responded to the Trump Administration submitting the draft Statement of Administrative Action on the USMCA to Congress:
Manufacturers are firmly behind the USMCA, as is a growing chorus of state and local groups. The North American trading relationship is crucial to the success of manufacturing in America and more than 2 million manufacturing jobs. For manufacturers, the modernized agreement includes best-in-class intellectual property rules, sets new standards for innovation and the 21st-century digital economy, eliminates red tape at the border, improves transparency, ensures we can sell products duty free and much more.
After a promising ITC report, the end of North American steel and aluminum tariffs and real progress in Canada and Mexico, we are moving closer to making the USMCA a reality. Manufacturers want to see this momentum continue, including through constructive conversations between USTR and the Hill, so we can get USMCA across the finish line for the men and women who make things in America.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.