Pence calls on Congress to pass USMCA

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Published: 05/20/2019 04:57 PM

Vice President Mike Pence discusses the USMCA at an "America First Policies" event in Jacksonville, FL. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the bus...

Around the state i tried to talk every child into one to be governor. I said you get to live in the governor's mansion. You get pizza 24 hours a day you get to have breakfast or lunch, or something or dinner with president trump. I said you get to, you know, fly on air force, one, maybe one time and by the end, they're all want to be governor, so that was that was that was my job for four years. T ...
y to make sure everybody who wanted to be the governor of state. Now, i'm telling everybody that you want to be president. So i took i took, i took my five-year-old grandson and this is trump wonthe race. I took him to meet him on the tarmac and he had no idea who the president was, but he knew who generals were because he's watched every lego movie. So i said he was a top general in the world. So so now, every time i try to see him almost every weekend he asked how the top general in the world is doing the president united states. Well, today's this today's a special day we you're going to get hear from a very good friend of mine, mike pence was was a sitting congressman back in 2009. When i organized a group - and i did a lot of events actually up here - to try to makesure - we got real good.

We got health care reform done that was going to be good for people. Unfortunately, we didn't get a program that that reduced health care cost and made it better for people. But mike was working hard for that. And then he got elected as a governor and i like the vice-president lot, but he was trying to get jobs for indiana and my job was the opposite. I would every job in the country in florida, but vice president pence worked hard to try to turn around and he did to improve the economy of indiana and you can look at his record. You know whether it's education funding, gideon jobs, lowering taxes, investin the infrastructure, everything that we care about, he did as a governor, and then he got offered the opportunity to be the vice president states to work with president trump and the two of them together are doing Exactly what we care about so, if you think about it, i always always said as governor people care about three things. The first thing they care about is they want to go work. Well, we have a lot of jobs and we did a good job in florida, but boy what's what's happening to our economy, over 3 % gdp growth, we're fighting the right fights to make sure that china doesn't continue to clean our clock, so they're doing allthe things To grow trade all over all around the united states and doing a great job also trying to do everything they can take. Every military people want to be safe and they're invested or military. As you know, under president obama, they cut the size, the military they cut. The funding the military in the last two years - that's exactly the opposite is happening. They have funded our military, we have 20 and 20 military bases in our state and three and five commands and they're doing a great job.

I'M going doc [ applause ] as soon as i finish, i'm going back to dc to work on the national defense budget to fight to make sure that floridacan field missions that the the military wants. It also has the funding the so they're working hard on to the big things. The third thing is education and they've done so many things to try to improve education nationally. So it's it's been exciting to watch the last two years with the president. The vice president has done the i'm glad, i'm not competing for jobs with the vice president anymore, so because they did a really good, really good job in indiana. So it's my distinct opportunity to introduce somebody that married really well. Karen pence is a wonderful person. They'Ve got a wonderful family and it's now doing an outstanding job as your vice president. Vice presidentmike pence, [ music, ], well, hello, florida. It is great to be back in the sunshine state, with the men and women who supported a president and have supported policies that are putting america first. Thank you for coming out today and let me just begin by thanking a couple of people that you've heard from today. Already i i have to tell you he was an incredible governor for the state of florida, but in a very short period of time he has emerged as one of the most influential conservative voices in the united states senate he's a champion for a growing american economy.

He'S a champion for florida: he is a champion for freedom in this hemisphere, andaround the world. Would you join me in thanking senator rick scott one more time for his outstanding leadership, [ applause ]. Thank you, rick! Thank you so much and to these great members of congress who are here today, congressman rutherford, congressman waltz and mayor lenny, curry what a great panel, what a great discussion great to have you here today mayor, congratulations on your election earlier this year. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your great great leadership at the local level and one more person to thank our hosts today. I got to know her back on the campaign trail. I served alongside her on the president's cabinet, but now she's stepped forward to lead this organizationamerica-first policies. She'S now serving as the national chairman joined me in thanking linda mcmahon is one of the great great champions of this agenda. Thank you, linda. What an incredible person and speaking of friends of mine and great leaders i was talking to him on the phone earlier today, told him. I was headed to florida and i think he sounded just a little bit jealous. So allow me to bring greetings from a man who loves the state of florida and who gets up every day and fights to keep the promises that he made to the people of the sunshine state.

I bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donaldtrump [ applause, ], [ applause, ]. You know our in our first year in office, president trump promised the american people that we were going to. We were gon na in his words, hire and grow in america to raise wages for american workers rebuild america, cities and towns because he said when, when we grow american manufacturing, we don't just grow wages. We grow america's spirit and you know back when i was governor in the state of indiana, i used to say we do two things well in this part of the country. We we make things and we grow things, and what was true in the hoosier state is true right here in the sunshine state and i'm proud to sayunder president trump's leadership. American manufacturing and american agriculture are growing again [ applause ], particularly when it comes to manufacturing acetate. It'S amazing to think in just over two years time after we rolled back federal regulations at a historic level, we unleashed american energy and, after this president signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in american history. This american economy is soaring. You think about it. Since election day, 2016 since election day, 2016, businesses, large and small across this country, like those represented in this room today, so well have created 5. 8 million new jobs, including four hundred and fifty four thousand good-paying jobs right here in florida. That'S something the unemployment rate has hit in nearly50-year low and the unemployment rate for african americans and hispanic americans is the lowest ever recorded in american history.

The american dream is working again for every american [ applause ] and as our economy is expanding. The great news is wages, are rising, wages are rising across this country at the fastest pace that they have in more than 10 years, and i think what means the most oppressed president trump and i'm is that that wages today are rising most rapidly among working families. Blue-Collar workers, all across this country, are receiving the most rapid pay increases of any part of our economy. In a word, the forgotten men and women of america are forgotten, no more. It'S workin america, in fact. Now, here's a real statistic for you for the first time ever and now for the 13th month in a row we're in the 13th straight month where there are more job openings in america than there are americans looking for work, that's not only the longest streak in History, but it had never happened before it really is amazing, and it's particularly amazing to see how manufacturing has come roaring back under this president's leadership in the last administration. We all remember the story about american manufacturing. The last administration actually lost two hundred thousand manufacturing jobs. All across this country and across this state and remember the last president, said we'd never get himback. I remember in the middle of 2016, the last president remember he said when he was asked about manufacturing jobs. He said he said what magic wand do you have remember that? Well, we didn't need a magic wand. We just needed president donald trump in the white house, [ applause ], because the truth is with the policies that you all have supported.

Building on the policies that we're talking about here today, the truth is, after the last administration lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs since election day 2016 get this businesses across this country have created 500,000 manufacturing jobs, including more than 20,000 right here in florida. You know i'm told 2018 was not only the best year for manufacturingjob creation. In more than 20 years. It actually marked the highest level of optimism among manufacturers ever recorded. In fact, the ceo that just left the stage a few minutes ago he's got manufacturing plants all over the country, and he just told me he said all of our all of our plants are humming. He said it's all happening, so manufacturing has come roaring back here. In florida and all across this country, because of the policies that you all have supported, but i'll tell you, while our policies have made a big difference, the president and i we come from a philosophy that knows that it's the people of america, it's the enterprise's of America that aredoing all the work i mean, i'm proud to be part of an administration. That'S been letting people keep more of what they earn, lower the business tax rate so that companies here in florida can compete with companies anywhere around the world roll back. No more federal red tape in two years than any president in american history of unleashed american energy, but the president. I all know that it's the american people taking advantage of those low tax rates and that new economic freedom, that's really made the difference. Your work ethic, your determination, your integrity, that's what's been driving the growth and businesses across florida and all across this country - and i know in this room, there'sall kinds of great american success stories like a heating in an air conditioning business that i was told on my Way here has actually seen its revenue growth 35 percent each year since our administration took office. How about that - and they told us that, because of the tax cuts the president signed into law, this family-owned business has been able to use that money.

It'S invested in its workers. It actually started an apprenticeship program that allows high school graduates to earn a solid income while they learn a trade. In fact, with this booming economy, this company has already invested two hundred thousand dollars in career development for its employees and they're. Just getting started so wouldyou join me in thanking the ceo and owner a bold city, ac, mirza paula kovac. Where are you marisa great job, [ applause, ], i'm also told there's another small business here, that's celebrating its 80th year in business, while they've enjoyed eight consecutive years of revenue growth. I was actually told walking in the door here that, after all, the policies that you've supported by this administration, their revenue grew last year by 45 percent and that new income has allowed the company to reinvest use an accelerated tax depreciation that we included in that bill. Reinvest in ways new equipments going to create all new jobs and in the last five months, they've done that more than in anyprevious year, their company's growing by leaps and bounds. They'Re, creating jobs right here in this community. So join me in thanking the ceo of drummond press john falcon net john. Take a bow, william [ applause ]. These are the people that are making america happen and i'll tell you what this businessman turned president knows that he knows it's: the men and women that are running businesses, large and small, that are really driving this american economy. And so we want to commend you and i want to let you know we're gon na keep fighting for you.

The truth is these: two men are just emblematic of really everybody in this room: people who really understand what what makes theamerican economy hum and grow, but for all that we're doing out of washington dc. We know that you're, the ones that are renewing this economy with your hard work, but i came here to tell you that we're proud of everybody we're proud of the progress that we made in this economy. We'Re grateful for your support, because all that we've done so far has made a real difference in the lives of everyday americans. But i can tell you that guy i served with every day all that we've accomplished: 5. 8 million new jobs, real momentum, america standing tall at home and abroad. That'S just what president trump calls a good start, and so florida we're gon na goright to work to build on that momentum and keep this american economy growing, and to do that. President trump and i both know that we've got to level the playing field for american workers workers here in florida to be able to to be able to compete with companies around the world that begins by forging trade deals that put american jobs and american workers. First, that's what america first is all about, and we've been fighting for it every day from europe to the pacific. This president has been fighting against unfair trade practices. We'Ve been negotiating new trade deals that promote free, fair and what the president likes to say: reciprocal trade. I mean ours is anadministration that believes in free trade, but but we also believe that that nations that we trade with ought to treat us like we treat them right. That'S what reciprocal is really all about, and i'm really proud to report that the president took a strong stand not long ago, and we have great progress in the headlines today, thanks to the president's leadership, as he said earlier today, our great farmers can begin doing business Again in mexico and canada, the retaliatory tariffs are gone.

It'S a big deal. You all remember. The president took decisive action to protect american steel in aluminum not long ago. The president reached an arrangement that, but i was a i was apart of these discussions, going forward with with the prime minister of canada in particular, where we we've reached an agreement that puts american steel first we're defending american jobs, but also we've negotiated for mexico and Canada to lift their retaliatory tariffs on american pork, cheese and orange juice. Under this new agreement, florida's farmers are gon na win like never before so. We'Ve strengthened american steel and aluminum with a very infrastructure and the backbone of the american economy, and we also managed to negotiate those tariffs that had been retaliated be used as retaliation against the united states. But now the big task at hand is what really brings me here today. I came here to florida. Todayto tell you for all that we've done so far for all that we've done to keep this economy moving. The time has come for the congress of the united states to pass the largest trade deal in american history. The time has come for congress to pass the u. s.

mcn make no mistake about it. The u. s. mca is a win for florida and a win for america. The president has done his job it's time for the congress to do their job and pass the u. s. mca. This summer drill drive brought me here today. I'Ve literally been traveling all over the country. Talking about the united states, mexico, canada agreement, the difference that it's really gon na makenot, just in manufacturing and in agriculture, but in industries all across this economy. Now we all remember nafta. It'S adopted back in the mid 1990s and you know you don't have to tell people from the heartland of the country about the impact that nafta had on our communities up in the hoosier state.

We literally saw almost entire communities shuttered as manufacturing factories closed after after nafta and move south of the border, but men and women of the sunshine state. Those days are over the usmc, a levels, the playing field and puts american jobs and american workers. First, i promise you u. s. mca is actually going to impact more than two million manufacturing jobs that dependon exports to canada and mexico. We believe it's absolutely essential that it get passed by the congress, because it will also finally allow american workers and farmers to compete in this hemisphere on a level playing field. The u. s. mca actually is going to end programs in canada that allow low price products to undercut american dairy the agreements going to ensure that product grading is fair and transparent. It'Ll also help americans protect the innovative technologies that give us an edge in global marketplace. Many of these things were never even addressed in nafta. You know there was a rule under the old nafta agreement that if a particular manufactured product wasn't mentioned in after that it wasn'tcovered by any of the existing tariffs.

So truthfully, nations like china were able to manufacture products, ship them to canada or ship them new mexico and send them into the united states duty-free. But those days are over. We are not going to allow an outdated trade deal to hurt american manufacturers or american farmers anymore, we're not gon na. Let them undermine good-paying jobs that built the american class american middle class in this country, the middle class i grew up in and the part of them and it's rebuilding the american middle class. Today, you know, and under the usmc as president loves to say, the american worker is gon na win like never before, but men and womenof florida. I'M here not just to tell you how important this is, but i'm here to ask for your help. The clock is ticking. It'S time i mean the truth. The matter is that there's an old saying i was in the congress for 12 years. It'S an old saying that congress does two things: well, nothing and overreact. The truth of matter is, we can't afford congress to do nothing. We need congress to approve the you smc a this summer to keep america growing.

All right. As i said, the president said his job. We negotiated a deal that puts american jobs and workers first. Now it's time it's time for congress to do their job. Buti got to tell you, you all, are gon na, be the people to make the difference, and i want you to let your voice be heard. I hope you'll leave here today and i give another round of applause to these great congressmen. This great senator this great panel, the mayor. I couldn't be more grateful to america's first policies for putting this event together, because it's going to equip you to be able to go out and make the case for the u. s. mca. And we need you to do it, not just among your neighbors and friends. But we need you to reach out reach out to elected officials all across this great state.

Let them know justhow important. This is reach out to people in both political parties, and i also know there's there's businesses here. You know florida. Florida businesses do business all over. This country and all over the world, so i just encourage you to spin that rolodex and for you, young people, ask somebody my age. What a rolodex was send out an email say, you know i was in jacksonville the other day i ran into mike and a couple ds grade congressman, and they were telling me about this u. s. mca and you got to get behind it. Just send word out all across the country i mean the truth is we need to hear. We need to hear fromall of you to get this done and the truth is washington. Dc is always chasing after one story or another aren't they i mean i get up in the morning and i sometimes i turn on the television with a stick. You know i don't even did you get that one? Okay, i never even know what's gon na be on there, but you all know this economy is growing, its thriving america stand tall again, confidence is back, jobs are coming back.

You know that america is back, but america needs the usmc to keep growing and we need you to go. Tell the story. Will you do it? [ applause ]. You know i'll always believe that you know whenthe american people set their mind to something and let their voice be heard. There'S there's nothing that we can't accomplish. There'S nothing that congress won't step up and do so just encourage you to let your voice be heard i'll. Let people know just how important this is. Let them know about the great stories that are happening in this economy and just how much this agreement with canada and mexico is going to mean to a growing florida economy, and i'm absolutely convinced if all of us do all that we can in the days ahead To call on our leaders at every level a call on our peers in business, our neighbors and our friends to tellthe story of just how important this u. s. mca is. If all of us get behind the men and women like senator rick scott, these great congressmen and all the leaders that are that are standing up for the policies that are that are growing. This economy.

That with president donald trump in the white house, and with that support, and with god's help, i really do believe - we've only just begun to see what this economy can do for this generation and the next, and we will make florida more prosperous and more secure than Ever before and to borrow a phrase, we will make america great again. So let's get out there, let's get the usmc a doneand done for america. Thank you. God bless you and god bless the united states, [ applause, ], [ music, ],.

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