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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

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.
May 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) released the following statement today applauding the Trump Administration’s announcement lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico:
May 10, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement after the President and his Administration increased tariffs on China’s imports from 10% to 25%.
March 18, 2019 Press Release
PEORIA, IL — Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), Co-chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group, are leading a Congressional delegation trip to China to meet with Chinese and U.S. officials to discuss the importance of a fair-trade partnership between the two nations.
February 22, 2019 In The News
QUINCY -- Farmers are sometimes called "eternal optimists," and the discourse between U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and members of the Adams County Farm Bureau on Thursday bore that out. LaHood, a Republican from Dunlap, said he is "cautiously optimistic" the U.S. trade dispute with China can be resolved in 30 to 60 days.
January 30, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL), joined by his colleagues Reps.
December 14, 2018 In The News
MACOMB — Growing concerns over international trade may be alleviated in part by the Nov. 30 signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The measure is meant to replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement that was enacted during the Clinton administration. The agreement was signed by the leaders of the three nations during the G20 Summit in Argentina.