North Texas Mayors Urge Passage Of "NAFTA 2.0" This Month

Alan Scaia
November 13, 2019 - 12:06 pm
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Mayors in North Texas have signed a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement this month.

"By all measures, this is a great way for us to continue to do business with our two key partners, Canada and Mexico," says Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price also signed the letter, which was sent to the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate.

"I applaud Mayor Price for her leadership on this. She really was the one who brought it to light and asked me to collaborate with her. She's brought the rest of the mayors along with her," LaRosiliere says.

The letter reads, in part, "Thanks to the growth of the digital economy, small- and medium-sized enterprises are now active participants in international trade, and they will benefit from the agreement’s high-standard digital trade provisions. We also appreciate the North American trading partners recognized the importance of including language on currency policy, setting a higher standard on this issue for future trade agreements with other global trading partners."

The Brookings Institution says trade between North Texas and Canada totals $9.47 billion each year; trade between North Texas and Mexico totals $8.95 billion. Brookings says bilateral trade supports 950,000 jobs across the state.

"It's an amazing number, and think about all the lives that are impacted," LaRosiliere says. "As a mayor who looks to keep economic prosperity going, we really encourage these types of agreements."

LaRosiliere says he understands Congress is dealing with impeachment hearings and other issues, but he says momentum has been building from both parties in Washington to pass a deal soon.

"Let's get business done because when people are working, it benefits the entire community," he says. "It benefits families, it benefits commerce, and it generates revenue for our cities to deliver services."