Vice Pres. Pence Holds Town Hall on USMCA Trade Deal in Iowa CSPAN October 9, 2019 9:03pm-9:31pm EDT
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coverage continues as president trump post a rally in minneapolis, minnesota. eastern,sday at 8 p.m. the washington times on c-span.org, and listen for you wherever you are in the free c-span radio app. vice president mike pence visited iowa where he gave a speech on the u.s.-mexico trade agreement. this is 25 minutes. [bombastic music] well, hello, iowa!
governor reynolds, senator , former, senator ernst congressman david young. the epa's assistant administrator. speaker of the house cap grassley. all the local leaders and guests and neighbors and friends. it is great to be back in the hawkeye state. thank you for that wonderful, warm welcome. i am really honored to see you all turned out today. thank you for taking some time away from work and your obligations to talk about an issue of great importance to iowa and the nation. let me say thanks to a few friends who are with us today. not just do i want to thank her for that overly generous introduction but i have to tell
you, there is no more dynamic, in americag governor then governor tim reynolds. he is doing a phenomenal job for iowa. and let me thank another friend of mine who i have come to know well in my duties as vice president. and i find my ways the united states senate on a regular basis. i get a chance to interact with both of your senators, anatoly this one is amazing. inlikes to say that they was mother and a leader. they are born and raised here as i tell yourans today, they are a champion for iowa and the conservative agenda. welcoming senator
joni ernst for strong conservative leadership. thank you, senator. finally, it's a real privilege to be here with frankly a hero of mine. i first discovered him on c-span back in the 1990's. [applause] when he was serving in the united states house of representatives. i said i like that guy. and ind go on to senate fact to serve in congress for more than 40 years and i can tell you he has been a champion or his fellow iowa farmers like no one else. he has been a champion for our constitutional liberties as chairman of the judiciary committee and is obviously a terrific grandfather. -- join me in welcoming senator chuck grassley. [laughter] [applause]
with soeat to be here many friends. let me mention one more. who when i told him last night i was headed to iowa, he looked just little bit jealous. he is a man who loves the state of iowa and a man of the people of iowa put their confidence in three years ago. i bring you greetings from the 41st president of the united states of america, president donald trump. but it is great to be back on a farm. at aially great to be here great family farm here in iowa. i grew up south of highway 40 myself. southern indiana. i did not grow up on a farm, but we had some cows and i hung out all the time with friends on family farms.
were standing on today is so emblematic of what is great about family farm. rob manning is the latest in a long line of farmers in his family who has still to land and raise animals for five generations. today, the hard-working men and helped the hawkeye state urged its place as the nation's largest corn producer, second-largest soybean producer, and the number one producer of pork in the country. grow and is, when you raise here you export around the world, so will you join me in thanking the manning family and the whole team here? all the leadership and contributions to the nation. the truth is, when you grow and , you exportn iowa
across the country. you have to talk about trade today. we have talked a great opportunity for iowa workers and iowa businesses. but before that, let me take a minute to reflect on the progress we have made in the confidence the people of iowa have place in this president. when i think of the last three years, there is really only one way i can describe it. there have been three years of action. there have been three years of results. there have been three years of promises made and promises kept. but we are just getting started iowa. it.i think about
this president has signed more bills rolling back federal red tape them any president in american history. this president actually signed a measure to ensure farmers and land in can own their fee simple, as we like to say. onvate property was restored the president repealed the disastrous waters of the usa rule. president trump also kept a promise when he signed the largest tax cuts and reforms in american history. we cut taxes across the board for large businesses. and when he did that, he ended the death tax for nearly american farmer. that is no longer a taxable event.
mobile also passed reforms that made it possible for farmers to immediately deduct the percent of the cost of new equipment. noseent around farming input costs play a critical role. in being able to literally write off those costs in a single year, it made a tremendous difference. so it's not red tape and cutting taxes. we've also unleashed american energy. next year, the united states exportern next -- net of oil for the first tim ein 75 years? and i want to tell you, with the strong leadership of governor unrelenting the .eadership of senator grassley
we reach 50 million gallons .very year we will continue to fuel and .eed the country as well created 6.5 million new jobs, including 22,000 jobs right here in the hawkeye state .our but i'm here today because for all the progress we have made, we still have got work to do. as we heard from this stage
earlier, we have an incredible over one yearr us ago, president trump the largest trade deal in american history. the united states mexico canada agreement. i was there all along the way for a lot of negotiations and the president ghani hard bargain. he put american jobs and farmers first. initiated a great deal. as i stand before you today, speaker nancy pelosi and the democrats in congress have refused to bring us to the floor of the house of representatives and that's why i am here i came to iowa today to turn up the heat. i came to iowa today to say it's time for the democrats in .ongress to do their job
put politics aside and pass the usmca this year. the truth is, we all know it. democrats have been spending all of their time on endless investigations and a partisan impeachment. but enough is enough. the american people deserve better. the time has come for axne and all cindy of the people who represent iowa to put iowa first, america first , and pass the usmca this year. and i make you a promise.
whatever the democrats in congress choose to spend their time on, president trump and i will never stop fighting for you and the agenda that iowa voted for. count on it. allownot going to democrats in congress to distract us from working on behalf of all of you. we're never going to stop delivering on a strong national so jobs, jobs, jobs. never going to stop fighting for that agenda is that agenda has made america great again. i stand before meet with our nation and liberties. unemployment is at a 50 year low and more americans are working today than ever before. the truth is, the american economy has come roaring back.
because of the strong support of our allies, the leadership of this president, in congress and statehouses across the country. but we also know this economy has mostly come back because of all of you. given the opportunity of more freedom from a more opportunity. the american people have stepped up, and with their hard work and dedication and commitment, you brought the american economy back. it is one story at a time, one family at a time. it is stories like a farmer that heard about on the way here nearby in dallas city whose family has been a pillar of the committee for generations. i was told today that when they first started out, the family's draft forces to plow the fields and had to practically feel livestock by hand. today, that same farm has drawn national attention by using
state-of-the-art technology. they are producing more at lower costs, making this community, state, and nation proud. will you join me in recognizing tom barrett and the whole barrett family farm? [applause] thank you, tom. we also have with us the first generation owners of a farm just a few miles down the road. they started it three decades ago was just a few dollars to their name. since then, they have grown the farm to more than 150 employees. is most importantly, it where they've raise their four daughters and two sons. they are proof of the american dream. so would you join me in giving a two round of applause to
hard-working farmers the represent everything that is great about agriculture. brett and teresa, where are you? take about. -- a bow. these two families because they are really emblematic of each and everyone they are proof that you give american farmers and workers a level like an hour farmers and ranchers can compete and win with anyone in the world. that's why since the first day of this administration, we have been opening up markets all around the world. donaldud to present trump renegotiating our trade agreement with south korea. earlier this week, the president signed agreements with japan that will expand digital trade and agricultural trade by billions of dollars a year to japan.
>> the president has also put china on notice that the era of economic surrender is over. we have taken a strong stand demand china open their markets to what we make and what we grow and treat american businesses fairly. the president has been taking a the lastand, but just few weeks china announced the purchase of more than 2 million metric tons of soybean. heres i learned on the way , we are going to welcome a chinese delegation to our nations capital later this week. the negotiations are going forward with china, but i promise you, president trump will continue to stand strong for american workers and farmers.
so we have made great progress, but make no mistake about it. as you heard from the stage today, when we get the usmca done, it will be a big win for american farmers. in the truth is we are gathered here today on this beautiful becausethis breezy day it is time for congress to act. it is time for congress to pass the usmca. and you know why. according to the international trade commission, the usmca is going to add billions to our economy right out of the gate. conservatively it will make 75,000 jobs. they also propose it will increase exports by more than $2 billion.
in iowa, the state already exports more than $6.6 billion in goods and services to canada and mexico. half of all of i was exports go to mexico and canada and nearly 100,000 good paying iowa jobs depend on exports. that is why your governor, your senators, your president is demanding that congress pass the usmca and pass it this year. iowa is depending on it. is, farmers and ranchers have the most to gain because this great state is the nation's second-largest agricultural state. you produce more than $10.3 billion in goods every year. we know these numbers are only going to grow.
it will create more prosperity all over the state and that's what i wanted to come and talk about it. we can get it done, but it will take all of us to do it. here to turn up the heat, but now it's time for islands to turn up the heat on your democrats in congress and tell them i what needs the usmca this year. will you do it? [applause] i want you to reach out to elected officials and washington dc. say i ran into mike on a farm the other. he was pointing out to me that half of our exports from iowa as governor go to canada and mexico. and we got this great new trade agreement that is a win for agriculture, a win for iowa and you need to get it done.
tell them what the usmca will mean to iowa farmers. but let me save you a nickel. you don't need to call senator joni ernst senator chuck grassley because they are leading the charge in the united dates sent for the u.s. mc and -- senate for the usmca. we could not be more grateful for the illusion. but here, there are people to call. call congresswoman cindy exley. call abby finkenauer. and while you're at it, call congressman dave message -- dave iowatte and tell them needs the usmca. way, after you make it seems that every
four years you see a lot of people coming through iowa. seems like there's a lot of politicians making their way through the state getting ready for next year's election. this first in the nation state in iowa. you, i gott to tell know,l you, you need to every single democrat running for president as opposed to the usmca. them at arun into , you or a street corner need to tell the democrats office for the highest in the land that i would need the usmca. i tell you, one of the things we
love is that iowa is so much like indiana. people with big hearts and strong opinions. select them hear your opinion. it will make a difference. i want to thank you for coming out today in a busy week taking some time to focus on an important issue that is so important to the state and the nation. and let me say again how grateful i am. give them one more round of applause, they are just incredible champions. thank you so much. and on behalf of my wife karen , let me just take this opportunity to say thank you for the privilege of being your vice president, it is the greatest honor of my life.
thank you for the confidence you have place in your president and finally, letident me say it's also great to be back on farm. i am pretty partial to farms. the truth is, farmers have contributed so much the life of this nation, you can never calculate all. -- all of it. and i am not just talking about the economy, but throughout the long history of this country. farmers in the family farmers have intruded so much vitality to our communities, to our state, farmers have served in our armed forces. patriotism and their values have strengthened this nation throughout the history.
i'm always struck with that book i try and open every single morning in a quiet time. how may times we are told to consider the farmer. i believe that's because, in the farmer, we find all the virtues that lead to a happy and productive life. integrity, hard work, resilience, family, and faith. out here today, the support you have shown to this president and his vice president, our agenda, means that much more to me. because it comes from the american farmer. it comes from the best of america. and in the days and weeks that lie ahead, we make you a
promise. wanted a more humorous things i ever hear is that people stop me as i'm traveling to they say to tell the president just to keep going forward. that's something you never have to tell president donald trump. all are versus stripped out of that pickup truck, it only goes forward and we are never going to stop fighting for the agenda that iowa voted for. i promise. we are never going to stop fighting. never going to stop fighting for the policies that provide the and strengtheny the constitutional foundation of our force and rebuild our military. we are going to make america safer than ever before. we are going to make america more prosperous than ever before. done,e get this usmca