tv Gov. Ducey Chamber of Commerce News Conference on Trade CSPAN September 17, 2019 1:14pm-1:49pm EDT
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mr. donohue: this meetings comes at an important time for from arizona to new york and elsewhere in between. there are growing questions the strength and the direction of our economy. stemming from the u.s.-china trade tensions, international hot spots, softening global economy and in the bond markets are making people nervous.
resolving the trade tensions with china is critical into track. our economy on we sent a business delegation to eijing prior to the administration's announcement delay the last lay the round of tariffs for a few weeks. it is a tradition that we have been following for a long time. meetings business etween the chamber and china
business leaders and government year and the conversations were positive. work, however,ore as ambassador light hicer just lighthizer just told us in the room to be done and to work er continues with chinese leaders and american business leaders to the right direction. thing, we have an opportunity to finally do infrastructure, a bipartisan group of senators half of an infrastructure bill. what i mean by half, it will roads, bridges, and some light rail and get going on right now, but it's going to require some quick movement
before the end of the year. let me say that the committee unanimously, s up all democrats and republicans oted for it, and i'm very hopeful we can sneak this under the finish line. hen, let me get to the immediate issue, and that is congress should and will, in my pass the mexico-canada greement this fall before the end of the year and eliminate any questions about the future our two largest xport markets and our large eggs trading -- largest trading mexico., canada and as i mentioned just a few inutes ago, bob lighthizer spoke to our group of chamber executives from around the ountry, and he and i are singing the same song. he sang it in a bunch better way than i did. we have been working closely ith him and the administration
to advance this shared priority time.long the chamber's a founding member more usmca coalition of than 450 businesses, associations, local chambers, fellows.and leading up to the august recess, a pro-usmca hill sign-in than that included more 600 businesses, agriculture chambers of and commerce representing all 50 industries.0 followed recess, we lawmakers home, following more than 90 in-district events with congress. and since the beginning of the held 7740 meetings. by the way, lots and lots of
home.back a lot is at stake. you'll hear more from that from others up here. thee's still no coasting to finish line. working together with the chamber federation, and getting point where we get adequate numbers of democrats the right noises and the right commitments to is very, very important to us. one of our great supporters is doug ducey from arizona. he's here with us today. the pressureo keep on together until this job gets done. the action. to mexico.xt to governor, you're up. governor ducey: thanks to tom and everyone at the u.s. chamber for hoeing the important discussion around the usmca, the united states-canada-mexico agreement. it was a privilege to be here the morning to have opportunity to speak to representatives of 100 business
the country just a few moments ago. to say it frankly, america and arizona's businesses are beyond usmca.o ratify the trade with mexico and canada is vital to arizona's economy and more than 228,000 jobs. just passed china to become america's number one partner. mexico is arizona's largest trading partner and it's not even close. times four of any other affiliation. canada is our number three trading partner. trade is -- with these two countries is critical. 44 other states that enjoy either number one or two trading relationship with mexico canada. with the usmca, our country has generation opportunity to take our north american trade relationships to
an entirely new level. in recent months, mexico's states,or to the united martha, spoke loudly and clearly in arizona where she said, if you care about mexico, the usmca. yes on more with the e ambassador. if we care about mexico and canada, if we care about united jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens, we usmca.tify the i'm grateful that in arizona, of our united states senators, senator cinema and csally are yes and four of our nine members of congress currently support the trade but we need everyone else to get onboard. in arizona, we launched a new where people can visit and make tony blair voices -- heard, their voices
correct com -- let me it, usmca now.org. i also want to encourage everyone across the country to reach out to their members of and urge them. in fact, feel free to demand rom them that they publicly support the ratification of usmca. now is the time, and with know we can lp i get this done. now, i'd like to hand it over to the ne who understands importance of international trade to arizona perhaps better anyone you'll meet, glen hammer is the c.e.o. and chambert of the arizona of commerce. glen.t away, mr. hammer: thank you, governor donahue.m governor ducey talked how we move usmca over the finish line. it's hard for me to think of an that has done a -- that
has brought the community of a fashion.re whether it's tourism, mining, technology, we ave an emerging high-tech sector in autos that is highly dependent on the supply chains with it. in fact, governor ducey held a press conference with his ounterpart, the governor of sonora in arizona to announce a manufacturing electric motors, plant, louisent and one of the major reasons is chaine of the auto supply in sonora. through his leadership, we study.pated in a as the governor mentioned, rely on trade with mexico and canada. at some ay if you look of the independent studies, if we're able to get usmca over the
line, which is a modernization of the existing agreement and chapters in digital goods, in ecommerce, in medium enterprises, in intellectual property, that 230,000 jobs will zoom past 250,000 and i believe will hit jobs in not too distant time. one of the interesting things throughout this whole just as the business community in arizona is united, behind ratification of usmca now, and the governor also mentioned something that's very important in terms of the of mexico and canada. 85% of mexico's exports go to states.ed this is not a nice to have for mexico. this is a must have. their senate, which is the only body that's required in agreement, ss the several months ago passed the 114-4.nt 114-4. and the way the usmca was
ambassador y lighthizer, it deserves the same bipartisan majority in both houses of congress. my final point is this support you see in arizona among the business community, thanks to the leadership of tom donahue and the u.s. chamber, it's across the country. he letter that mr. donahue alluded to, over 600 businesses, including many in arizona, like the rizona chamber and greater phoenix chamber, but representatives of businesses country, ver the including from all 50 states, you're on it's -- the border of arizona, like we are in arizona, or you're on the of canada, like my colleague is from new york -- by state -- usmcath is incredibly important to your economy. i'd like to hand he mic over to my friend, colleague, heather of the eading new york business
organization. heather: thank you, glenn. donahue and m governor ducey, for including me important -- very on this issue. new york state is unbeknownst to a very large agricultural state, one of the largest in the ountry, 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. it is reement, if ratified, and i certainly hope it will be shortly, will improve trading relationship with canada and actually result in and huge improvements, particularly with agricultural farmers. new york's we believe this is critically important. provides and hip
supports over 100,000 in new york state. grow nk that number will once usmca is ratified. so he have with' urged -- so urged our congressional delegation, along with many other businesses across the their support for usmca so it can actually take effect. thank you. mr. donohue: thank you, all, for your remarks this morning. floor to up the questions. i would just ask that you dentify yourself and your news organization. hi.rter: mara, international trade today. this will be for governor ducey, doug ducey, or glenn hamer or both. of your that five delegation in the house have not yet publicly supported usmca. when you talk to these congresspeople, what do they say getting themers to on board?
did you hear anything from lighthizer about progress to meet those issues? governor ducey: first, i want to say i'm grateful for the folks that have gotten on board. i said, senator sinema, senator mcsally, and the i had with other congresspeople that have not ome out yet publicly in the affirmative is that they need to do more homework. they need to have more questions answered. i think once they understand this is not only critical to the united states' economy, how much economy depends upon then the final question from ambassador. >> when the original nafta passed, every member voted for
it. very member of the arizona delegation should vote for this agreement. hamer: the arizona chamber and greater phoenix chamber will in the next few days making a push with some of yet embers who have not come out in favor. overnor ducey said -- he orrectly quotes ambassador barsina, if you care about the economy of mexico, you'll vote for the usmca. step.take it another if you care about the economy of arizona and the united states of merica, you will vote for usmca. it's really that cut and dry. governor ducey: i'd like to congressman stanton from the congressional district nine in arizona. the opposite party. he was the former mayor of phoenix. be the just happens to fastest growing city in the nation right now. i did a or stanton and trade mission to mexico
together. 100,000-plus arizonans and held the discussion about he importance of the usmca to the state of arizona and to the u.s. economy. i'm grateful to greg stanton for that. >> next question over here. reporter: good morning. david lynch with ""the washington post."" this is for neil." did you get any clarity from over ador lighthizer democrats' concerns over labor or enforcement issues might be resolved? at all any more specific on when you think the take, in particular, might up the agreement? thanks. m mr. donohue: ambassador lighthizer had the same question. to quote him. as i talk to him about it all give it how it looks to me. right now we have enough votes
democrats and republicans that we could pass the bill. to make it passage that will period of time without challenge and to make it omfortable for those that are ourageous enough in the democratic party to already state to us and some of them very publicly their support, necessary to get another group of votes from the party. they're there. now, there is discussions ambassador and nancy pelosi and other leaders of the party.tic lighthizer said from the beginning this deal won't work support.democratic there are two or three little issues. we're not opening up the bill, bill -- every agreement always has a few adjustments. there are adjustments the chamber absolutely supports.
i have spoken to the speaker about this. will get done on a timely basis. what's timely? everyone would like it setup by end of this month and done in the next few weeks after that. promise that because of so many other things going on. long before we start looking at the holidays this thing done. and that's not based on just some thought i came up with in night.dle of the that's what intelligent discussion with a lot of people you hope as our objective. but as you know better than in what you do, objectives sometimes slide a little, but we'll get it done. do you want to add something to that? ok. eporter: james with "the final
times." this is a question for mr. bradley of the chamber. since this is quite a tough vote for many democrats -- and i know targeting centrist, moderate democrats, are you pledging to support them with an at the next congressional election next year r is that endorsement still going to be a question mark for many of these members? have a quick kind of macroquestion. ow concerned are you about the spike in oil prices over the weekend and instability in the east? mr. donohue: well, first of all, those are two good questions. i want to say something quickly may. each and then neil it won't -- votes by members of party, for ic next ements in the election will certainly be in our mind.
this -- l tell you party thatdemocratic is attacked in an election time a vote for this personally in ll a number of ways make it clear potential voters fortly how important it was the country of their vote. made this clear to a lot of people. i don't think there are a lot of folks in the other party that criticize them for voting for something they want. anything else on that? mr. bradley: two things i'd say. we made it clear to republicans and democrats on capitol hill that it's really impossible to how you can claim to be pro-economic d growth. are e end of the day you
not pro-usmca. being 't reconcile pro-growth and pro--business if pro-usmca. we are paying close attention to representative stanton who are early.out he and 13 of his colleagues sent a letter to the speaker at the nd of july before the august recess urging action this fall usmca. being an early supporter and helping build momentum for this a lot more to the u.s. chamber and to the u.s. 270th ity than being the vote after it's already passed. mr. bradley: thanks, neil. prices --stion of oil obviously the tragic in saudi arabia of days last number and given people pause
question about what's going to prices.o oil it -- and a lot of things have happened since then. of course, if saudi loses the provide half of the finished product that it had een providing before this attack, it's going to move up oil prices, and we've seen that little bit today. however, you know, the president trump has ndicated the willingness to deal with our national oil of rves to balance some that. others, i'm sure, will move the opec folks to produce more as necessary. the next few days we'll have a much better feeling how long it will take for the saudis to get up, get their
and going again, and i have that it is going to others being very careful and alert to protecting their resources. we'll all right. -- we'll be all right. the united states is the largest producer now, collectively with very, and mexico, we're very significant. we can be helpful in this beyond what others are used to. ben, bloomberg news. you talked about getting a new group of democrats on. wondering if you've identified kind of what defines group, how much progress you made over the recess in board and who that group would be. going to e: i am not single any member of congress out who doesn't want to be --
to single : themselves out. i will tell you we're having quite productive conversations, democratic members who have already come out and voiced their support and are agitating done and s vote wrapped up. but also with members who haven't come out publicly. s the governor said, they're looking for more information. they're looking for finality between the negotiations, the speaker and ambassador lighthizer. i will say, i think there is an appreciation parties embers of both of the importance of this in a town p and that in which a lot of things can get caught up in politics, this is things that can't -- we can't afford to get caught up in politics and that reassuring as we work to build momentum to a vote.passage mr. donohue: i have a hunch you were as interested in what we ago when we nths create ing to make --
circumstances where members of party, while they may not become the greatest of things that we're advocating that would help get be considered, help sense, ngs that made no we've been having extraordinary meetings with the new democrats long-serving democrats. they've been helpful. you'll find a balanced that.ch as a result of and i feel very good about it. neil said, you would have a much better story if we told you bout all the people could call up. but i think our credibility on this is pretty good. just simply say we're having a lot of meetings with the right people. and i feel very good about it. thank you. ferguson, "c.q.
."ll call the question was the five members of the arizona house not come outo have publicly for usmca, what are or r specific concerns objections? then, two, i also wondered if lighthizer got questions about the mid-level talks that are supposed to take chinese s month with negotiators? and specifically, where are they to start? will they start where they were in may or strengthening the area to cover?oing take theducey: so i'll arizona delegation question, ellen. i guess i would direct you to that mbers of congress have not come out publicly so they can speak for themselves. with nversations i've had want to doeen around more homework, want to to rstand the details, want
understand how it affects labor in mexico. those types of comments and concerns that i think can easily answered with a little diligence and time spent with ambassador lighthizer or myself. more generalities and, again, the floor hasn't been well.ted on the floor as mr. donohue: you know, as neil indicated before, we've had lots of conversations with other i think to help ou, i think the big questions are the two or three things that mbassador lighthizer are discussing with the speaker and can you assureow that the agreement would be there isle and i think
that we're mfort moving in a very much right direction. as soon as that gets done, i hink we'll begin to see more public voices. apple -- what the mbassador said about the china discussions, was that the -- a fact and then a color. and chinese taff meet, i believe, friday.e will be this in the ensuing week or week and a half that the senior would come together. he laid it out by saying that, an know, this is extraordinary challenge and that fell apart some months ago, they were very, very
a workable agreement. n agreement that doesn't take care of the protection of ntellectual property and doesn't pay attention to the uestions of equal opportunity to participate in similar of stries and a whole host other things that you're very about.formed then, it will be hard to get a agreement. he did indicate there is some ovement in the direction of purchasing of agricultural products and other issues. it was an whilerdinary exchange and i am optimistic about it, i am a ass realist and this is not a simple problem. >> great. we have time for one more question. reporter: hello. adam with "politico."
again, there's been interim or ibly an interim or preliminary type deal coming in the other -- sort of as a confidence builder. is that something that concerns the chamber in terms of reaching real resolution to these nderlying issues on intellectual property? you say -- did the mbassador say more of an intermediate sort of deal in the next couple weeks? mr. donohue: i would say that he not. he was pretty clear we have to do this one step at a time but has to be a real agreement. of the say in all negotiations i participated in, the best opportunity comes when deep, serious, real needs.
casual look at the realities in china and here for political reasons, or economic reasons, for avoidance of serious economic future, it's in the best interest of both ountries to make a real agreement. we're very hopeful we'll have he opportunity to move in that direction. >> great. thank you, all. thank you to our special guests, members of the media. if you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to all the media line at 202-463-5682. have great week. national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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