tv Gov. Ducey Chamber of Commerce News Conference on Trade CSPAN September 20, 2019 5:16pm-5:51pm EDT
arizona governor doug ducey was part of the conversation on the u.s.-mexico-canada trade agreement and will hear from chamber of commerce president tom donahue at the 35 minute event. >> good morning ladies and gentlemen. thank you for coming. twice a year the chamber brings together the top state and local chamber executives from around the country to talk about our shared priorities and how we can best leverage the power of our whole federation. it's our partnership with these organizations that give the chamber the nationwide reach and businesses all over the country in washington. this meeting comes at an important time for businesses from arizona to new york and elsewhere in between.
there are growing questions about the strength and the direction of our economy. uncertainty stemming from the u.s. china trade tensions, various international hot spots, the softening global economy and warning signs of the bond markets are making people nervous. when people get nervous they sit on their money. a lot of companies are sitting on their cash resulting in the first decline in business investment in three years. individual investments are doing the same thing. the business community is calling on leaders in washington to make smart policy choices that will restore certainty or confidence, not just undermine it. here are three quick things that could make a positivedi difference. resolvingg the trade tensions with china is critical to
restoring business certainty and keeping our economy on track. we sent the business delegation to beijing prior to the administration's announcement that it wouldst delay the last round for a few weeks. it is a tradition that we have been following for a long time. two major business meetings between the chamber and china business leaders and government officials each year and the conversations were positive. there is much more work however as ambassador lighthizer just told us in the other room to be done in the chamber continues to work with chinese leaders and american business leaders to move in the right direction. the second thing, we have an
opportunity to finally do something about infrastructure. a bipartisan group of senators came up with half of an infrastructure bill. what i mean by half is it will give you roads, bridges and some light rail and get going on it right now but it's going to require some quicke movement t fore the end of the year. let me say that the committee that took this up unanimously, all democrats and republicans voted for it and i'm very hopeful we can take this to the finish line. let me get to the immediate issue and that this congress should and will in my opinion have the mexico canada agreement this fall before the end of the year and eliminate any questions
about the future of trade with our two largest export markets and our largest trading partners canada and mexico. as i mentioned just a few minutesze ago bob lighthizer spe to our group of chamber executives from around the country and he and i are singing the same song. he sang it in a much better way than i did. we have been working closely with him and the administration to advance this shared priorities for a long time. the founding member of usda and -- more more than 4050 businesses associations chambers and friends and fellows. leading up to the august recess we have added pro usmca sign in letter that included more than 600 businesses, agricultural
associations and chambers of commerce representing all 50 states and 30 industries. during the recess we have followed lawmakers holding more than 90 district events with members of congress. since the beginning of the w yer we have held 740 meetings with members of the congress and/or their staff and by the way lots and lots of those back home. a lot is at stake. you will hear more of that from others here and still no coasting to the finish line. working together with the chamber federation and getting to the point where we get adequate numbers of democrats who are making the right noises and the right commitments to make this go is very important to us. one of our great supporters is governor doug ducey from arizona.
he is hereus with us today. we are going to keep the pressure on together until this job gets done. he is closest to the action, right next to mexico. governor, you areor up. >> thanks so much time and want to say thanks to tom donahue and everyone at the u.s.t chamber r hosting the important discussion around theta usmca united states mexico canada agreement. it was a privilege to be here this morningo and have the opportunity to speak to representatives of 100 business chambers in theme country just a few moments ago. to say it frankly america and arizona's businesses are beyond ready to ratify the usmca. mexico and canada are vital to the u.s. economy and supports more than 220,000 jobs. mexico has just passed china to become america's number one trading partner and mexico is arizona's largest trading partner and it's not even close.
it's tying the score of any other affiliation and canada is a number three trading partner. i know with these two countries trade is critical and two other states as well. there are 44 other american states that enjoy either number one or two trading relationship with mexico and canada. with the usmca our country is a once in a generation opportunity to take our north american trade relationships to an entirely new level. in recent months mexico's ambassador to the united states spoke loudly and clearly to the panel in arizona where she said if you careye about mexico you will be yes on the usmca. i couldn't agreeor more with the ambassador. if we care about mexico and canada, they care about the united states jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens we
will ratify the usmca. i'm grateful that arizona both of our united states senators, senator kirsten and senator martha mcsally and four for nine members of congress currently support the trade deal. but we need everyone else to get on board. in arizona wean launched a new b site where people can visit and make their voices heard. usmca now.com, usmca now.org, usmca now.org. this web site has straight facts and resources for the state. want to encourage members to reach out to the congress and urge them in fact feel free to demand from them that they publicly support the ratification of usmca. now is the time and with e eryone's help and know that we can get this done. now i'd like to hand it over to someone who understands the importance of international trade and there is some perhaps
better than anyone else the presidency of the arizona chamber of commerce. take it awayof land. >> thank you governor and tom donahue and governor ducey articulate the major reasons why we need to move usmca over the finish line right now. from the perspective of the community in arizona tar to me -- hard to think of an issue that has brought the business community together in a more united fashion. for every sector of arizona's economy whether its tourism, mining, manufacturing, technology we have an emerging high-tech sector and auto that is highly dependent on the supply. governor ducey held a press conference with his counterpart the governor of pen or in arizona to announce a major
manufacturing electric vehicle plant. one of the major reasons was because of the auto supply chain into nora. through governor ducey pop mess relationship in the ers on the commission we participated in the study andr is the governor mentioned 228,000 jobs rely on trade with mexico and canada. i would say if you look at some of the independent studies if we are able to get usmca over the line with the modernization of existing agreement and have a brand-new chapter in digital goods in small and medium enterprises and intellectual property that 230,000 jobs will move well past 250,000 i believe would hit 30,000 jobs in the not too much distant time. one of the adjusting things just as the business communityce in arizona's united high and the
ratification of usmca now the governor also mentioned something that's very important in terms of the importance of mexico and canada. 85% of mexico's exports go to the united states. this is a must-have for mexico iny fact the only body that's required in mexico to pass the agreement several months ago passed the agreement 114 and 14-4. 114-4. the way the usmca was negotiated by ambassador lighthizer deserves the same sort of strong bipartisan majority in both houses of congress. my final point is the support you see in arizona among the business community thinks thanks to the leadership of tom donahue in the u.s. chamber is across the country. the letter that mr. donahue alluded to over 600 businesses including many including the greater phoenix chamber but representatives of businesses
from all over the country including from all 50 states and whether you are on the border of arizona like we arere in arizona or fewer in the border of canada like my colleague is from new york and by the way usmca is incredibly important to yourha economy. with that i would like to hand the mic over to my friend and colleague heather burr saids he. >> thank you glenn and thank you tom donahue and governor ducey for including me in this very important issue. new york state is unbeknownst to many a very large agricultural state one of theco largest in te country and we do have quite a bit of manufacturing. currently in our trade relationships with mexico and canada we export over
$18 billion worth of goods. 15.50 unit that is with canada canada is our largest and most important trading partner. this agreement if it is ratified and i certainly hope it will be shortly, will improve our trading relationship with canada and actually result in up dating and huge improvement particularly with agricultural trade for new york farmers. we believe this is critically important. this relationship provides and supports over 100,000 jobs in new york state. we think that number will grow once it's ratified. were have urged our congressionl delegation along with a number of other businesses and many other businesses across the state to show their support for usmca so can actually take affect. thank you. >> we will turn over the floor to questions florida questions i
was just asked the u.s. and apply yourself and your news organization. >> hi marilee international trade today. this will be for governor ducey or glenn or both. you noted five of your delegation in the house have not yet publicly supported usmca. when you talk to these congresspeople what did they say are the barriers to getting them on board and did you hear anything from ambassador lighthizer on meeting those issues? >> first i want to say i'm grateful for the folks that have gotten him lord. like i said senator summit and senator mcsally and this could discussions i've had with other congresspeople who have not come out yet publicly in the affirmative is that they need to do more homework. the night to have more questions answered. i think once they understand that this is not only critical
to the united states academy and how much arizona's economy depends upon it and then the final closing message from ambassador borcina that if you care about texaco will be enough for us to get nine out of nine of our congressional delegation. >> when the original nafta passed we had of it bipartisan delegation. every member voted for it. every member of the arizona delegation should vote for this agreement. in fact the greater phoenix chamber will be on the hill in a few days making another push with some of the many mirrors who have not come out in favor. governor ducey said, he correctly quotes ambassador parson if you hear about the economy of mexico you'll vote for usmca.
i'm going to take it another step if you care about the economy of verizon and the basics of america you will vote for u.s. mca. >> the it like to applaud congressman stanton from the congressional district nine in arizonapp. he sits on the opposite party. he was the former mayor of phoenix. phoenix just happens to be the fastest-growing city in the nation right now. then mayor stanton and s i did a trade mission to mexico together and he stepped forward and we called 100,000 plus arizonans and held a discussion about the importance of usmca to the state of arizona and to the u.s. economy. i'm grateful for that. >> good morning david lynch with the "washington post." this is for tom oris nail. did you get any clarity from ambassador lighthizer on how the democrats concerns over labor enforcement issues might be resolved and can you be more
specific on when you think the house in particular might take up the agreement? thanks. >> if you were inside ambassador lighthizer had the same question i'm not going to quote him but i talked to him about it all the time and this is how it looks to me. right now we have enough votes with democrats and republicans that we could pass the bill. but to make it a passage that will stand for a long period of time without challenge andus to make a comfortable for those who are courageous enough in the democratic party to already state to us that some of them very publicly it's necessary to get another group of votes from
the party. right now there are discussions between thes ambassador and nay pelosi and other leaders of the democratic party. lighthizer has said from the beginning this deal won't work without democratic support. there are two or three little issues. we are not opening up the bill but everyry bill, every agreemet always has a few adjustments. there adjustments that the chamber absolutely supports. i have spoken at length to the speaker on this. ido believe this will get done n on a timely basis. what is timely? everybody would like it to be set up at the end of this month and done in the next few weeks after that. i can't promise that because there are so many other things going on but i believe long before we start looking at the
holidays we will have this thing done and that is not raised on a thought i came up with in the middle of the night. that's from intelligent discussion from an lot of people that makes you hope is our objective that is you know better than anybody else in what you do objectives slum -- sometimes sly little but we'll get it done. do you want to add something to that? >> james with the financial times. this is a question for mr. donohue and mr. bradley of the chamber. this is a tough vote for many democrats i know you are targeting centrist moderate democrats. are you planning to support them with an endorsement in the next congressional election next year or is thatg endorsement still going to be a question mark for many of the members. i also have a quick macroquestion. how concerned are yououth about
spiking oil prices and instability in the middle east? >> well, first of all those are two good questions and i want to say something quickly about each and then neil me. votes by members of the democratic party for endorsements in the next election will certainly be on our minds but i will tell you this, anybody in the democratic party that is attacked in an election time because of a vote for this agreement i will personally and a number of ways make it clear to their potential voters exactly how important it was for the country on their vote.
i've made this clear to a lot of lkopledo. i don't think there are a lot of folks in the other party that are going to criticize them for voting for something they want. anything else on that? >> two things i would say. we have made very clear to republicans and democrats on capitol hill that it's really impossible to see how you can claim to be pro economic growth and probe business but at the end of the day you are not pro usmca. there a lot of other issues that members have to grapple with and you can't reconcile being pro-growth and pro-business if you were against usmca. in thing i would add is we are also plate -- paying close attention to folks like representatives stanton who are coming out of early. he and 13 colleagues in the letter to thed speaker urging action this fall on usmca. being an early supporter and helping build momentum for this
is worth a lot more to the u.s. chamber in the business community band the 270th vote after it's already past. >> thanks neil. on the question of the oil prices obviously the tragic circumstances in saudi arabia over the last number of days have given people pause and question about what's going to happen to oil prices. a lot of things have happened since then. if saudi loses the ability to provide half of the finished product that it had been providing before this attack is going to move up oil prices and we have seen that a little bit today.
president trump has indicated a willingness to deal with her national oil reserves to balance some of that. others i'm sure will move together with the opec folks to produce more is necessary. i think in the next few days we will have a much better feeling about how long it will take for the saudis to the get theirs system up and going again and i think that it is going to have others being very careful and more alert to protecting their resources. i think we will be all right and the united states is the largest producer now collectively with canada and mexico.
we are very significant and we can be helpful in this beyond what others are used to. >> bener brody "bloomberg news." you have talkedu about gettinga new group of democrats on. i was wondering if you have identified kind of what defines the group and how much progress you have madeo over the recess and getting them on board and to that group would be? >> i'm not going to single and a member of congress out who doesn't want to be singling themselves out. i will tell you we are having quite productive conversations both with democratic members to a party, to voice their support and they are agitating to get this vote down wrapped up but also members who have not come out. as the governor said they are looking for more information. they are looking for finale between the negotiations between the speaker and ambassador lighthizer. the one thing i will say is i think there is an appreciation amongst members of both parties
of the importance of this relationship and in a town in which a lot of things can get caught up in politics this is one of those things that we can't afford to allow it to get caught up in politics and that is reassuring as we work to build momentum. >> i have a hunch you are more interested, as interested in what we had to say months ago when we wereag trying to make, create circumstances where members of the democratic a par, while they may not become the greatest supporters of things that we are advocating that would help get things to be considered, helps stop things that make no sense we have been having extraordinary meetings with the new democrats and long serving democrats. they've been helpful.
i suspect you will find a balanced approach as a result of that. i feel very good about it. as neil said you'd have a much better story if we could tell you about all the people we have called up and i think our credibility on this is pretty good. i would simply say we are having a lot of readings with the right people and i feel very good about it. >> thank you. ellen ferguson and i want to go back because i'm not certain what the answer was. the question is the 5 members of the arizona house delegation is not come out publicly for usmca what if there's a specific concerns or objections and i wonder if ambassador lighthizer got questions about the mid-level talks that are supposed to take place this month with chinese negotiators and specifically where the talks
going to start? are they going to start where they were in may or strictly the area they are going to cover? >> i will take the arizona delegation question. i guess i would direct you to the members of congress that has not come out publicly so that they can speak for themselves. the conversations i've had with them have been around and want to do more homework want to understand the details, want to understand how it affects labor in mexico. those types of comments and concerns that i think can easily answer with a little diligence and time spent with the bill or ambassador lighthizer myself. more generalities and again the bill hasn't been present on the floor as well. c you know as neil indicated
before we have we have had lots of conversations with other democrats and i h think to help you i think the big questions are the two or three things that ambassador lighthizer are discussing with the speaker and among the bad is how can you assure that the agreement would be enforceable and i think there is a general thought that we are moving in the right direction. as soon as that gets done i think we will begin to see some more publice voices. what the ambassador said about the china discussions was to give you a fact and then i will give you the color. he said his staff and the
chinese staff would meet i believe the next time would be this friday and that in the ensuing week or week and a half senior negotiators would come together. he laid it out by saying that this is an extraordinary challenge and when it all fell apart so months ago they were very very close to a workable agreement and an agreement that doesn't take care of the protection of intellectual property and doesn't pay attention to the questions of equal opportunity to participate in similar industries and a whole host of other things that you are very well informed about then it will be hard to get full
agreement. he did indicate that there is some movement in the direction of purchasing of agricultural products and other issues. i thought it was an extraordinary exchange and while i'm optimistic about it i'm also a realist and this is not a simple problem. >> we have time for one more question. >> allow atom with "politico." i'm trying again there has been icas talk about possibly a deal coming together. that's something that concerns the chamber in terms of reaching a real resolution to the underlying issues on intellectual property and what can you say about come to the ambassador said anything about an intermediate deal in the next
couple of weeks? >> i would say that he did not. he was pretty clear that we have to do this one step at a time but there has to be real agreement. i would say in all the negotiations i have ever participated in the best opportunity comes when both sides have deep serious real needs and a casual look at the realities in china and here suggests for political reasons, for economic reasons, for avoidance of serious economic problems in the future it's in the best interest of both countries to make a real agreement and we are very hopeful that we'll have the opportunity to move in that direction. >> thank you all and thank you to our special guests, members