The following article was originally published in the Houston Chronicle. Reprinted with permission.
Trade is at the very heart of economic success in Texas. Every year, Texas companies export hundreds of billions of dollars in goods and services to foreign markets. In fact, Texas has ranked as the nation's number one exporting state for 12 years in a row. Trade funnels hundreds of billions of dollars back home to support Texas jobs, families, and our state's much-envied economic might. But for all of our exporting success in Texas, federal trade policies are holding the whole country back from its economic potential. It's critical that Congress act quickly to expand our foreign trade if we hope to get our national economy back on track again.
The positive economic impact of trade is undeniable, for Texas and for the United States. Here in Texas, of our total annual $1.4 trillion Gross State Product, or GSP, more than $250 billion comes from exports. Read more » about Expand Trade, Expand the Economy