New TX Push Supporting NAFTA

By Pilar Arias

There’s now a business-led, statewide effort in support of NAFTA modernization.

The Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition launched Thursday in Austin. Members are looking to tell lawmakers in Washington that NAFTA works and it’s time to make it work even better.

Among the launch attendees was the president and CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, Tony Bennett.

“What we cannot afford is for NAFTA negotiations to cause uncertainty for business and manufacturing in this state,” Bennett said.

The Borderplex Alliance CEO Jon Barela also took to the podium to discuss the importance of NAFTA.

“While we lead the nation in exports and job growth and all of that in our relationship with Mexico, this is truly a national issue and it extends beyond Texas,” Barela said.

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) authored an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News on what the would like to see in an updated NAFTA based on the Texas model. 

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