Alliance Welcomes Efforts to Save U.S. Jobs

Coalition Continues to Urge Administration, Congress to End $2.4 Billion Dispute with Mexico

January 6, 2011/Washington, DC: Today, nearly two years after Congress brought a cross-border trucking pilot program to an abrupt halt, leading to retaliatory tariffs on U.S. sales to Mexico, the Obama administration announced details of a negotiation with Mexico to end the dispute:

“The Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs warmly welcomes the administration’s announcement in the hopes that it will lead to an agreement with the Government of Mexico to end tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. manufactured and agricultural exports that have cost U.S. industries dearly since 2009.

“Nearly every state in America has been impacted by these tariffs, and we have been given every reason to believe that the pain of these tariffs will be spread to additional U.S. industries if the dispute cannot be resolved.

“We call on the administration to work with the Government of Mexico for a mutually agreeable resolution, and we urge the U.S. Congress to support any reasonable plan that will bring an end to these job-costing tariffs.

“Today’s announcement is very welcome, but U.S. works, businesses, and farmers are still suffering from retaliatory tariffs.  We need a permanent, negotiated resolution.”

For more information on the Alliance and its members, please visit the website at www.keepusjobs.org

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