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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Trade

Trade is of paramount importance to the economy of the 18th Congressional district. Free trade strengthens our economy by expanding investment opportunities, opening new markets to domestic industries, and creating jobs.

Since 1950, international trade has grown to account for over a quarter of economic growth. Today, trade supports more than 38 million American jobs across the United States, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 1,700,000 jobs are dependent on trade in Illinois, according to Trade Benefits America. While 4% of U.S. exports come from large companies, small businesses are responsible for the remaining 96%.

International trade is essential to the health of major industries in Central Illinois, such as manufacturing and agriculture.  Central Illinois is home to terrific companies – Caterpillar, John Deere, ADM, and many other medium and small companies who rely on robust global trade to remain competitive.  One in three manufacturing jobs depends on exports and one in three acres on American farms is planted for export purposes. U.S. agriculture is 2.5 times more reliant on trade than the overall economy.

In order to continue to facilitate trade that benefits American workers, I believe it is essential to strengthen dialogue with our trade partners, to have clear agreements, and enforceable free and fair trade laws.

More on Trade

January 16, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today released the following statement after the United States Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).
January 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today joined President Donald Trump for the signing of the phase one trade agreement between the United States and China. Following the ceremony, Rep. LaHood released this statement:
December 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted in favor of the United States Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). The U.S. House of Representatives passed the implementing legislation for the trade agreement by a vote of x to x. It now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted in favor of the United States Mexico and Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) during the House Ways and Means Committee’s full mark-up on the implementing legislation for the trade agreement. The trade pact passed unanimously out of the full Committee.
December 13, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL), a member of the Ways and Means Committee and Co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, today released the following statement after the United States and China announced phase one of a trade agreement:
December 10, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) released the following statement after the White House and Speaker Pelosi announced an agreement on the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).
September 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) released the following statement after President Trump and Prime Minister Abe signed a trade agreement to expand market access for U.S. exporters.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C.Today, Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), co-chairs of the Digital Trade Caucus, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging them to take action in response to France’s proposal to impose discriminatory taxes on digital services.
June 18, 2019 Press Release
For the farmers that I represent in central and west-central Illinois, access to markets in Canada and Mexico is vital to their success. When harvest comes and farmers take their products to market, they rely upon the open-market free-trade system with our neighbors to the north and south to remain competitive in the global economy.
June 18, 2019 Op-Ed
For the farmers that I represent in central and west-central Illinois, access to markets in Canada and Mexico is vital to their success. When harvest comes and farmers take their products to market, they rely upon the open-market free-trade system with our neighbors to the north and south to remain competitive in the global economy.