U.S Senator Gardner Applauds Signing of Historic Free Trade Agreement Benefiting Colorado
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act.
“This is a historic day for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “USMCA will boost Colorado’s already vibrant trade relationship with our two largest global trading partners, Mexico and Canada. Nearly a quarter million jobs and billions of dollars of our economy in Colorado are dependent on trade with our North American neighbors, and I’m proud to have supported USMCA to give all of Colorado’s exporters the best chance to access these markets and opportunities.”
Colorado exported $2.7 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico in 2018, making them Colorado’s largest trading partners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado exported more than $165 million of electronic machinery, $74 million worth of beverages, $47 million of dairy products, $33 million of cereals, and $28 million of sugar and confectionary exports to Canada and Mexico in 2018. Colorado’s biggest export, beef, accounts for more than $880 million worth of goods shipped to Mexico and Canada.
- In an op-ed in the Greeley Tribune, Gardner called USMCA passage “a major win for Colorado.”
- Gardner applauded the bill enrollment ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Implementation Act in January 2020, the final step before it receives the president’s signature and becomes law.
- In January 2020, the Senate passed USMCA with Gardner’s support. Gardner said of passage, “Colorado’s workforce stands to benefit from the USMCA, as roughly a quarter million jobs exist in the Centennial State because of our trade relationships with our North American neighbors.”
- In January 2020, Gardner voted for USMCA in both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He then urged his colleagues to support USMCA on the floor of the Senate.
- In October 2019, Gardner recapped his annual Colorado Farm Tour on the Senate floor and spoke about why USMCA is important to Colorado’s agriculture industry.
- In September 2019, Gardner authored an op-ed in the Greeley Tribune calling on Congress to “Bring the most important trade agreement for Colorado into the modern era and pass the USMCA.”
- In July 2019, Gardner took to the Senate floor and urged swift ratification of USMCA.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.