Trade policy impacts the Florida economy in more than many realize, says U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. That’s a good reason for Florida’s Congressional delegation to rally behind the new North American trade agreement, the Sarasota Republican suggests

“When you think about it, about one of five jobs in Florida are trade related,” he said. “It’s over 2 million jobs. So trade is a big part of who we are.”

It’s been important to Buchanan that as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement comes together, it benefits the Sunshine State.

Buchanan, the top Republican on the House Trade Subcommittee, attended a White House meeting this week with President Donald Trump and other Republican whips to map a plan and get the deal through Congress.

Called the new NAFTA in many quarters, Buchanan said the USMCA benefits U.S. interests more than the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. In Buchanan’s own Manatee County-centered district, he said the agriculture industry lost half its production over NAFTA’s lifetime.

“This agreement goes a long way toward leveling the playing field,” Buchanan said.

The congressman also introduced legislation with Sen. Marco Rubio specifically combating unfair trade practices earlier this year. He’s building a

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