Governor Ducey’s Statement On USMCA Ratification

News Release

January 16, 2020

PHOENIX — Today, Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement regarding Congress’s ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“The ratification of the USMCA represents a historic day for Arizona, our nation, and our trade relationships. This new trade agreement means more jobs and opportunities in Arizona. And it paves the way for even more trade in the future.

“As a trade powerhouse, Arizona stands to gain big with this updated agreement in place. Already, trade with Mexico and Canada supports more than 228,000 Arizona jobs and $20 billion annually. The USMCA will strengthen these relationships and set the stage for a new generation of closer economic ties with our international neighbors.

“This deal required plenty of give and take on all sides and was never guaranteed. I credit the administration and everyone involved for their persistence and hard work to make this monumental achievement happen. I also thank Senator Sinema, Senator McSally and the entire delegation for their unanimous support.

“It’s a new day for trade in Arizona and around the country. Arizona looks forward to building on these exciting opportunities to bring even more jobs to our state.”

Background:

In August 2019, Governor Ducey launched the USMCA Now website, an online tool featuring Arizona-specific information related to the state’s trade relationships with Canada and Mexico. The website, which outlines the benefits of the Agreement, provided Arizonans resources to learn more about USMCA and get engaged to support ratification.  

Governor Ducey also discussed the importance of USMCA ratification at events with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Martha BarcenaGovernor of Sonora Claudia Pavlovich, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a visit to our nation’s capital and more.

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