Congressman Kevin Brady, who represents Grimes County, was in Navasota on Monday speaking with constituents at a few different events. In the morning on Monday, Brady talked with Texas Farm Bureau at Cow Talk to discuss the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.
He said at the talk that this agreement is crucial for farmers and ranchers in the state.
“One out of five jobs in Texas are connected to agriculture in some way. You are selling billions of dollars of Ag products to our neighbors and around the world. You have got tens of thousands of jobs in agriculture in Texas dependent upon this US-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” said Brady on Monday.
Brady also highlighted some of the improvements they have taken care of with this agreement.
“We are always worried about countries using food safety regulations as a way to block us from selling our Ag products. This agreement requires Mexico and Canada to use sign space food safety. We always wan to make sure we protect Ag bio tech…really good improvements there plus, there is some new changes that should allow us to move our Ag products across the border faster and more securely, so it costs us less to do this,” Brady said.
He also mentioned that the democrats who oppose the new agreement should actually be excited about it.
“I am worried in August, with these presidential debates, about half of them or so are already opposing this new trade agreement. And what they are saying, is phony,” said Brady. “This new trade agreement is so much better than the old one, for Democrats, they ought to be celebrating this.”
Brady took questions from ranchers about the agreement before talking about other topics.