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trail. thank you! thank you! thank you! >> and we're live this morning for an event with arizona governor doug ducey, along with chamber of commerce executive tom donahue and neil bradley talking about trade and u.s. infrastructure needs. live coverage here on c-span2. >> (inaudible)
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>> as well as a trade deal with china. kicking off today's event is chamber's tom doonahue and then we'll take questions from the floor. >> thank you, 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
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chamber a nationwide reach and businesses all over the country a voice in washington. this meeting comes at an important time for the 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, and softening global economy, and warning signs in the bond markets are making people nervous, but when people get nervous, they sit on their money. a lot of companies are sitting on their cash resulting in a-- the first decline in business investments in three years, individual investors are doing the same thing. the business community is calling on leaders in washington to make smart policy
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choices that will restore certainty or confidence, not just underline it and here are the three quick things that could make a positive difference. resolving the trade tensions with china is critical to restoring business certainly and to keeping our economy on track. we sent a business delegation to beijing prior to the administration's announcement that it would delay the last round of tariffs 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's much more work,
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however, as ambassador lighthizer told us in the other room to be done, and the chamber continues to work with chinese leaders and american business leaders to move in the right direction. the second thing, we have the 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, it will give you roads, bridges, and some light rail and get going on it right now, but it's going to require some quick movement before 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 sneak this under
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the finish line. then let me get to the immediate issue and that is congress should and will, in my opinion, pass 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 minutes ago, bob lighthizer spoke 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. now, we have been working closely with him and the administration to advance this shared priority for a long time. the chamber is the founding member of the usmca coalition of more than 450 businesses,
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associations, local chambers, friends and fellows. leading up to the august recess we led a pro-usmca hill 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 followed lawmakers home, holding more than 90 in-district events with members of congress and since the beginning of the year we have held 740 meetings with members of the congress and/or their staffs and by the way, lots and lots of those back home. and a lot is at stake. you'll hear more of that from others up here. there's still no coasting to the finish line. working together with the chamber federation, and getting to the point where we get
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adequate numbers of democrats who are making the right noises and the right commitments to make this go is very, very important to us. one of our great supporters is governor doug ducey from arizona. he's here with us today. we're going to keep the pressure on together until this job gets done. he's closest to the action, right next to mexico. governor, you're up. >> thanks so much, tom, i want to say thanks to tom donahue and everyone at the u.s. chamber for hosting the important discussion around the usmca, the united states-mexico-canada agreement. it was a privilege to be here this morning and have the opportunity to speak to representatives of 100 business chambers in the country, just a few moments ago. to say it frankly, america and arizona's businesses are beyond ready to ratify the usmca. trade with mexico and canada is
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vital to arizona's economy and supports more than 228,000 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 times four of any other affiliati affiliation, and canada is our number three trading partner. and trade with these two countries is critical to other states as well. there's 44 other american states that enjoy either number one or two trading relationship with mexico and canada. so, with the usmca, our country has 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, martha barcenas spoke loudly at a panel in arizona
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where she said if you care about mexico you'll be yes on the usmca. i couldn't agree more with the ambassador. if we care about mexico and canada, if we care about united states jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens, we will ratify the usmca: i'm grateful that in arizona both of our united states senators, senator kirsten cinema and martha mcsally and members of congress currently support of the trade deal and we need everyone else on board. in arizona launched a new website where people can make their voices heard. usmca.org. this website has trade facts and resources for every state in the country and i want to encourage everyone across the country to reach out to members of congress and urge them, in fact, feel free to demand from
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them that they publicly support the ratification of usmca. now is the time and with everyone's help i know that we can get this done. now, i'd like to hand it over to someone who understands the importance of international trade to arizona, perhaps better than anyone else you'll meet. glenn hammer is the president and ceo of the arizona chamber of commerce. take it away, glenn. >> thank you, governor. and tom donahue and governor ducey articulated why we need to move usmca over the finish line right now. from the perspective of the business community in arizona it's hard for me to think of an issue that has done a-- that has brought the business community together in a more united fashion. for every sector of the arizona's economy, whether it's tourism, mining, manufacturing, technology, we have an emerging
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high-tech sector in autos that is highly dependent on the supply chains with sonora. in fact, governor ducey held a press conference with his counterpart, the governor of sonora to announce the major manufacturing electric vehicle plant, lucent motors, one of the reasons was because of the auto supply chain in sonora. through the governor ducey's leadership and the arizona-mexico commission we participated in a study and as the governor mentioned over 200,000 jobs rely on trade with mexico and canada and i would say if you look at some of the independent studies, if we're able to get usmca over the line which is a modernization of the existing agreement and has brand new chapters in digital goods, in e-commerce, in small and medium enterprises, in
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intellectual property, that 230,000 jobs will zoom well past 250,000 and i believe would hit 300,000 jobs in not too much distant time. one of the interesting things throughout this whole experience, just as the business community in arizona is united, behind ratification of usmca now and the governor mentioned some things that are very important in terms of the importance of mexico, and canada. 85% of mexico's exports go to the united states. this is not a nice to have for mexico, this is a must-have. in fact, their senate, which is the only body that's refired in mexico to pass the agreement, several months passed the agreement 114-4. 114-4. and the way usmca was negotiated by ambassador lighthizer, it deserves the same strong bipartisan majority in both houses of congress. my final point is this support in arizona among the business
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community thanks to the leadership of tom donahue and the u.s. chamber, it's across the country. the letter that mr. donahue alluded to, over 600 businesses, including many in arizona, like the arizona chamber and the greater phoenix chamber put representatives of businesses from all over the country, including from all 50 states, and whether you're on the border of arizona like we are in arizona or you're on the border of canada, like my colleague is from new york and by the way, my birth date, usmca is important to your economy. and with that i'd like to hand the mic over to my colleague, heather of the leading new york business organization. >> thank you, glenn, and thank you, tom donahue and governor ducey for including me in this very, very important -- on this
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issue. new york state is unbeknownst to many, a very large agricultural state. one of the largest in the country. and we do have quite a bit of manufacturing and currently, in our trade relationships with mexico and canada, we export over 18 billion dollars worth of goods. ...
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with a urged our congressional delegation along with a number of other businesses, many others across the state to show their support for usmca so it can actually take affect. thank you. >> thank you all for your remarks. we will open up the floor for questions. i would ask you identify yourself and your news organization. >> marilee, international trade today. this will be for governor ducey or glenn hamer, or both. you noted five of your delegation in the house have not yet publicly supported usmca. when you talk to these congresspeople, what do they say are the barriers to getting them on board? and did you hear anything from ambassador lighthizer about progress to meet those issues? >> first, i want to say i'm grateful for the folks that have gotten on board. like i said, senator mike sally
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and the discussions i've had with other compass people that have not come out yet publicly in the affirmative is thing to do more homework. they need to have more questions answered. once they understand this is not only critical to the united states economy, how much arizona's economy depends upon it. and the final closing message from the ambassador nagy care about bicycle you will be yes on usmca should be enough for us to get nine out of nine of our congressional delegation. >> when the original nafta passed, we had a bipartisan delegation. every member vote for it. every member of the arizona delegation should vote for this agreement here and, in fact, the arizona chamber and the greater phoenix chamber will be on the hill in a few days making another push with some of the
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members who have not yet come out in favor. but governor ducey said county correctly quotes the ambassador nagy care about the economy of mexico, you'll vote for usmca. i'm good to take it another step. step. if you care about the economy of arizona and the united states of america, you'll vote for usmca. truly that cut and dried. >> i'd also like to applaud congressman stanton from congressional district nine in arizona. he sits in the opposite party picky with the former mayor of phoenix. the next just happens to be the fastest growing city in the nation right now. then mayor stanton and i did a trade mission to mexico together and he's, we called 100,000 plus arizonans and held a discussion about the importance of the usmca to the state of arizona into the u.s. economy and i'm
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grateful to great stanton for that. [inaudible] >> david lynch of the "washington post." this is for tom ordeal. did you get any clarity from ambassador lighthizer -- or neil -- concerns over labor and enforcement issues might be resolved? and can you be at all anymore specific and when you think the house in particular might take up the agreement? thanks. >> if you were inside ambassador lighthizer sort of had the same question. so i'm not going to quote him that -- i thought to about all the time. i'll give you this, it's 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
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time without challenge and to make it comfortable for those that are courageous enough in the democratic party to already state to us, and some of them very publicly, their support, it's necessary to get another group of votes from the party. they are there. right now there is discussions between the ambassador and nancy pelosi and other leaders of the democratic party. lighthizer headset from the beginning this deal will not work without democratic support. there are two or three little issues. we are not up the bill but every dell, every agreement always has a few adjustments. there are adjustments at the chamber absently supports. i've spoken at length to the speaker on this. i believe this will get done in a in a timely basis. what's timely next everybody would like it to be set up at
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the end of this month and done and the next few weeks after that. i can't promise that because they're 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's not based on just some thought i came up in the middle of the night. that's what intelligent discussion with a lot of people makes you hope as our objective. but as you know better than anybody else in what you do, objective sometimes slide a little we will get it done. you want to add something to that? okay. >> james with the financial times. since this is a question for mr. donohue and mr. bradley of the chamber, since this is quite a tough vote for many democrats, i know you're targeting centrist
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moderate democrats, are you pledging to support them with an endorsement of the next congressional election next year, or is that endorsement still going to be a question for many of these members? and also have a quick kind of macro question. how concerned are you about the spike in oil prices over the weekend and instability in the middle east? >> well, first of all, those are to make good questions, and i want to say something quickly about each and neil may. it won't -- votes by members of the democratic party for endorsement in the next election will certainly be in our mind. but i will tell you this. anybody in the democratic party that is attacked in an election time because of a vote for this
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agreement, i will personally in a number of ways make it clear that their potential voters exactly how important it was for the country on their vote. and i and i made this clear to t of people. 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 see. we made very clear to republicans and democrats on capitol hill that it's really impossible to see how you can claim to be pro-business and pro-economic growth at the end of the day you are not pro-usmca. there's a lot of other issues members have to grapple with but you can't reconcile being pro-growth and pro-business if you're against the usmca. the other thing i would add is we are paying attention to folks
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like representative stanton who are coming out early. he and 13 of his colleagues sent a letter to the speaker at the end of july before the august recess 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, to the business community than being the 270th vote after it's already passed. >> thanks, neil. on the question of 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. and a lot of things have happened since then.
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of course, , if saudi loses the ability to provide half of the finished product that it had been providing before this attack, it's going to move up oil prices. and we seem that a little bit today. however, the president, president trump has indicated the willingness to deal with our national oil reserves, to balance some of that. others i'm sure will move together, the opec folks, to produce more as necessary. and i think in the next few days we will have a much better feeling about how long it will take or the saudis to get up,, get their system up and going again. and i think that it is going to have others being very careful and more alert to protecting
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their resources. i think we will be all right. the united states is the largest producer now, collectively, with canada and mexico. we are very, very significant and we can be helpful in this beyond what others are used to. >> ben brody, bloomberg news. you talked about getting a new group of democrats on. i was wondering if you have identified kind of what defines that group, , which progress you made over the recess in getting them on board, and to that group would be? >> well, i'm not going to single any member of congress out who doesn't want to be, to single themselves out. i will tell you where having quite productive conversations, both with democratic members who already have come out for support and are agitating to get
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this vote down and wrapped up, but also with members who have come out publicly. as the governor said that are looking for more information, looking for finality 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 that in a tent 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 to get caught up on politics. that is reassuring as it worked to build momentum to a final passage boat. >> i have a hunch you are more interested, as interested, in what we had to say months ago when we were trying to make, create circumstances where members of the democratic party, while they may not become the greatest supporters of things
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that we are advocating, , that would help get things to be considered, help stop things that made docents. we've been having extraordinary meetings with the new democrats and with long serving democrats. they had been helpful. i suspect you will find a balanced approach as a result of that. and i feel very good about it. as neil said, you would have a much better store if we told you about all the people you could call up. but i think our credibility on this is pretty good. i would just a we're having a lot of meetings with the right people and and i feel very good about it. thank you. >> alan ferguson, cq roll call. i want to go back to a prior question because i wasn't really sure exactly what the answer was. the question was, the five members of the arizona house delegation will not come out
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publicly for usmca, what either specific concerns or objections? and i also wondered if ambassador lighthizer got questions about the mid-level talks that are supposed to take place this month with chinese negotiators and specifically, where other stops and starts? are they shrinking the areas they will cover? >> so i'll take the arizona delegation question -- >> and i'll take the other one. >> i guess i would direct you to the members of congress that of not come out publicly so that they can speak for themselves. they conversations i've had with them have been around, 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 be answered with a little due diligence and
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time spent with the bill or ambassador lighthizer, or myself. but more generalities, and begin the bill hasn't been presented on the floor as well. >> you know, as neil indicated before, we've had lots of conversations with other democrats, and i think with your help, to help you, i think that the questions are the two or three things that ambassador lighthizer are discussing with the speaker, and among that is how can you assure that the agreement would be enforceable. and i think there's a general comfort that we moving very much in the right direction. and as soon that gets done, i think we will begin to see some more public voices. what the ambassador said about
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the china discussions was about, i'll give you a fact and then i will give you a little 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 that the senior negotiators would come together. he laid it out by saying that this is an extraordinary challenge, and that when it all fell apart some 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
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doesn't pay attention to the questions of equal opportunity to participate in similar industries, and a whole host of other things that you all very well informed about, then it will be hard to get a 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. >> great. we have time for one more question. >> yes, hello. i'm with political. on china again, there's been i guess talk about possibly an interim or, kind of a confidence builder is that something that concerns the chamber in terms of
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reaching real resolution to these underlying issues of intellectual property? and what can you say about, did the ambassador say anything about sort of a more intermediate sort of deal in the next couple weeks? >> i would say that he did not. he was pretty clear that, you know, we have to do this one step at a time, but this has to be a real agreement. i would say in all the negotiations i've never participated in, the best opportunity comes when both sides have deep, serious, real needs. and i think a casual look at the realities in china and here suggests, for political reasons, for economic reasons, for
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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 will have the opportunity to move in that direction. >> great. thank you all. thank you to our special guest, media other than members of the media. have a great week. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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>> tonight on "the communicators," california representative jerry mcnerney cochair of the artificial intelligence caucus on the future of artificial intelligence. election security and whether big tech companies need more regulation. >> google is a california-based company and i think if we want to look at how it's doing its business practices, it's important to do in a very thoughtful way. i know that the department of justice and the federal trade commission are also talking about doing investigations into anti-competitive practices of these companies. and it's good to look at this and investigate it and make sure the companies are behaving. i'm not sure breaking companies up is a good idea. these are big companies with a lot of tentacles, a lot of employees, and if you break the company like that up, if you can
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