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USMCA Will Strengthen Relationships With Maryland’s Closest Trading Partners
News Release, Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association, applauded today’s announcement that lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have reached an agreement to advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Over the last year, Governor Hogan has been working to secure bipartisan and international support for this critical pact.
“The bipartisan deal struck by Congress and the administration is a fair and flexible agreement with our closest trading partners,” said Governor Hogan. “As chairman of the National Governors Association, I have been working to bring the nation’s governors—both Republicans and Democrats—together in support of the USMCA. By creating jobs, strengthening economic ties, and establishing a more level playing field for American workers and businesses, agreements like the USMCA are essential to ensuring future prosperity for our nation and for the State of Maryland. I will continue to work closely with federal and state leaders to ensure the USMCA is swiftly ratified.”
Last month, Governor Hogan, along with Governor Francisco Dominguez, chairman of La Conferencia Nacional de Gobernadores in Mexico, and Premier Scott Moe, chairman of the Council of the Federation in Canada,authored a joint CNBC op-edabout the urgent need to ratify the USMCA. As stated in the op-ed, the USMCA “…ensures that North America will remain competitive in the 21st century economy and represents a major achievement in building the world’s strongest trading partnership.”
Over the summer, Governor Hoganwrote to the Maryland congressional delegationurging them to back the USMCA, writing, “Now that Mexico has voted to ratify the agreement, it is time for the U.S. Congress to act.”
Earlier this year, Governor Hoganwrote to the president and congressional leadersadvocating for the ratification of the USMCA, and detailed the positive impact it would have on Maryland’s economy.
Canada and Mexico are important trade partners for the state, supporting over 300,000 local jobs. Exports represent more than 20% of all Maryland goods exported globally, with Canada as the number one and Mexico as the number eight export market for the state.