Promote American Exports, Fair Trade, and International Tourism
Expanding exports will help cities grow their economies and increase jobs. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and American trade supports 41 million jobs. American workers are better trained and more innovative than any other workforce on the planet. Modernizing trade agreements to create a level playing field by lowering tariffs on U.S.-made goods and promoting universal adoption, accountability and genuine, ongoing enforcement of high labor and environmental standards will help American businesses sell products in expanding global markets.
U.S. metro areas play a critical role in American exports, accounting for nearly 90 percent of U.S. goods sold abroad and providing key infrastructure such as ports and intermodal facilities to efficiently move goods. Port-and export-related jobs have 15-18 percent higher wage levels and therefore contribute to building a strong, vibrant middle class. Federal programs that assist small and medium-size businesses in exporting are crucial to a healthy economy. Congress must reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which helps American businesses sell goods overseas and keeps U.S. exports competitive.
International travelers to the United States stay longer and spend more than domestic travelers. In 2018, almost 80 million international visitors travelled to the United States, spending more than $156 billion. International travel accounted for over 1.2 million jobs and over $23 billion in tax revenues. International travelers also help support artistic performances and cultural attractions in the United States.
Therefore, mayors call on the President and Congress to:
- Enforce the Labor and Environmental provisions of the USMCA.
- Support high-standard trade deals with enforceable labor and environmental standards.
- Expand national programs to help small- and medium-sized businesses export goods overseas.
- Support the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
- Support expanding the Visa Waiver Program to facilitate travel, trade and education.
- Support expanding national arts and cultural programs that support international travel and promote global understanding and mutual respect.