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Rep. Timothy Hill invited to White House for signing of USMCA

Staff Report • Updated Jan 28, 2020 at 5:13 PM

President Donald Trump has invited House Commerce Committee Chairman Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, to attend a signing ceremony at the White House for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Wednesday, the Tennessee House Republican Caucus said in a press release Tuesday.

The caucus said Hill is the only Tennessean and state official expected to be present at the ceremony.

Citing the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the caucus said the agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada “modernizes” the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement “by focusing on supporting mutually beneficial trade.”

“It is expected to lead to freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth across North America,” the caucus said in the release.

In 2018, Tennessee generated $12.7 billion in exports to both Canada and Mexico. According to the caucus, the USMCA aims to build upon this recent economic momentum by easing restrictions and leveling the playing field for the Tennessee and the U.S. agriculture industries.

“I am pleased President Trump has negotiated an agreement that will lead to better jobs and fairer trade practices for the benefit of our agribusiness industry,” Hill said in the release. “These businesses are the backbone of our statewide and national economies, and I stand with the president and will continue to fight for our farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals by supporting initiatives that better address their important needs.”

In 2019, Hill sponsored House Joint Resolution 452, which acknowledges and praises Trump’s efforts to negotiate a fair trade agreement with Mexico and Canada through the USMCA because of “its extraordinary benefit for American businesses and workers.”

In addition to serving as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Hill is also a member of the House Calendar and Rules Committee, as well as the Business, Utilities, Banking and Investments and Life and Health Insurance Subcommittees. Hill represents Tennessee House District 3, which includes Johnson County and part of Carter and Sullivan counties.

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