North Texas Mayors Call For Congress To Pass New NAFTA

Alan Scaia
September 25, 2019 - 12:21 pm
United States Capitol Building

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The mayors of Fort Worth and Plano are calling on Congress to pass the trade agreement known as "NAFTA 2.0."

Betsy Price and Harry LaRosiliere​ wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper.

"Harry and I are both business-focused, both feel like this state is on the right track being open for business," Price said in an interview with KRLD Wednesday morning. "We know how critical this agreement is for the Fort Worth-Dallas-Plano area."

Price and LaRosiliere say trade with Canada and Mexico supports 970,000 jobs across Texas. In their op-ed, they cited a Brookings Institution study that found trade between North Texas and Mexico totals $8.95 billion each year. Trade between the Metroplex and Canada adds up to $9.47 billion.

"The more jobs that creates, the more goods that are going back and forth, then the better we can build our infrastructure and help improve quality of life by putting more people to work," Price says.

Price says she has met with members of the Texas Congressional delegation, and they told her, "We're getting there."

"This is an issue we ought to take the politics out of and get it done," she says.