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Trade plays an important role in Iowa’s economy—over one in five jobs depend on international trade.

I’ve continued to advocate for new international free trade agreements that would promote fairness by reducing trade barriers, enhancing transparency, and cutting red tape.

That is why I supported the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), an important agreement with Iowa’s top two trading partners that provided predictability and new market opportunities for our farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses. I also welcomed the trade agreement the Trump Administration made with Japan—Iowa’s third largest trade partner. In addition, we need to continue to stand up to China’s harmful tactics and, as a critically important market for Iowans, keep the pressure on them to hold up their commitments to Iowa’s farmers and businesses.

I’ve helped put forward bipartisan legislation to make commonsense reforms to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and require the Department of Defense to justify the national security basis for new tariffs under Section 232 and increase congressional oversight of this process.

With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of our borders, opening up more free trade opportunities is vital to Iowa’s future and the health of our national economy. Ultimately, exporting more of what we make, develop, raise, and grow in America will help boost manufacturing, wages, and jobs right here at home.