Trade and Investment

Bilateral investment and tax treaties. Support new investment and tax treaties to protect investor rights and avoid double taxation in key foreign markets.

Border environmental quality. Continue support for cooperation and monitoring of environmental standards along the Texas/Mexico border to achieve a proper balance that is equitable for Texas employers and border communities.

Cross-border transportation. Support improved highways, ports of entry and other infrastructures that facilitate trade, tourism and other legitimate cross-border traffic between Texas and Mexico. Also, support development and funding of “international trade corridors” throughout Texas to accommodate current and future transportation demands resulting from the North American trade expansion.

Export controls. Oppose regulations that limit U.S. exports of widely available technology products, shutting U.S. companies out of key foreign markets and increasing red tape without achieving any real national security objectives.

Global sourcing. Oppose barriers to international business erected at the federal or state level that curtails global sourcing.

Non-tariff barriers. Press foreign regulators to ensure a level playing field for U.S. companies and free competition in their domestic markets through judicious use of competition policy, intellectual property law, technical standards, government procurement rules and investment requirements.

Promote free markets globally. Lay the foundation for market-oriented reform and private enterprise in emerging markets by building institutions that support open societies and a culture of entrepreneurship.

Trade facilitation. Work to make the flow of international commerce faster, cheaper and more efficient through reforms of customs and port administration. Also, support ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

Unilateral sanctions. Overturn unilateral sanctions on foreign markets that shut U.S. workers, farmers and companies out of foreign markets without achieving their stated objectives.

U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Support Ex-Im as tool to compete globally with other countries for exporting. Without export credit, the United States would adversely affect approximately 17,000 small and large suppliers across the nation.

World Trade Organization (WTO). Build support among government and business leaders to open international markets for agricultural products, manufactured goods and services through the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda as well as Russia’s accession to the WTO.