On July 21, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Free Trade Alliance San Antonio hosted Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Will Hurd (R-TX-23) for a discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and international trade policy. The luncheon event was moderated by Rick Casey of KLRN.
During the event, which was attended by nearly 230 local business and community leaders, the two Congressmen answered questions developed by our Public Affairs Council, chaired by Suzanne Scott. The discussion focused on modernization of the NAFTA, to include a possible new title dealing with energy; strategies for more efficient flow of goods across the border; revolution in digital trade; border infrastructure projects; and the economic impact NAFTA has on Texas.
Both Representatives drew cheers from the crowd when they mentioned their efforts to have the official signing of NAFTA 2.0 right here in San Antonio. The original free trade agreement was signed in San Antonio during an October 1992 ceremony at the German English school courtyard on South Alamo.
The San Antonio elected leaders told the business and community leaders in the room that they are encouraged by the Trump administration’s objectives in renegotiating the free trade deal.
Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will continue to play an active role in the current renegotiation process. In June, the Chamber submitted comments to the United State Trade Representative (USTR) advocating for issues of importance to our members. Last week, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on modernizing NAFTA and invited us to submit written testimony. To learn more about the Chamber’s position on NAFTA, contact Belinda Hartwig, Vice President of Economic Development, at 210-229-2199 or firstname.lastname@example.org