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SR-48 (2019-2020)

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Enrolled  September 11, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  September 06, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  July 01, 2019


Senate Resolution
No. 48

Introduced by Senator Hueso
(Coauthors: Senators Bradford, Hurtado, Rubio, and Wilk)

June 10, 2019

Relative to commerce.


SR 48, Hueso.

WHEREAS, In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented between the United States, Mexico, and Canada to integrate commerce and investment between the participating nations; and
WHEREAS, Since the implementation of NAFTA, trade among the three countries has quadrupled and regional trade has resulted in a high degree of economic integration; and
WHEREAS, The rise of complex cross-border supply chains effectively turned the United States’ developed economy and Mexico’s developing economy into a singular binational production platform; and
WHEREAS, California’s relationship with Mexico has been integral to making California the fifth-largest economy in the world and an economic engine for all of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The California–Mexico border region is home to over 7.1 million people and generating $24.3 billion dollars in economic activity, and is one of the most highly populated border regions in the United States; and
WHEREAS, In 2018, California imported $44 billion in goods from Mexico, including transportation equipment, computer and electronic products, agricultural products, and miscellaneous manufactured goods, and exported $30.7 billion to Mexico, or 17 percent of all California exports; and
WHEREAS, Trade with Mexico supports 566,000 jobs in California; and
WHEREAS, The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed on November 30, 2018, to update the existing NAFTA agreement and is pending ratification before the legislative bodies of each country; and
WHEREAS, In 2019, President Donald Trump instituted a series of tariffs, on solar panels 30 percent, washing machines (30 to 50 percent), steel (25 percent), and aluminum (10 percent) for most countries, which were extended to include the European Union, Canada, and Mexico; and
WHEREAS, This action resulted in a series of retaliatory tariffs, with Canada announcing tariffs on 229 products and Mexico retaliating with $3 billion in tariffs against American-made products; and
WHEREAS, President Trump announced his plan to impose a 5-percent tariff on Mexican goods starting on June 10, 2019, and will gradually increase that amount to 25 percent on October 1, 2019, until Mexico substantially stops the flow of immigrants into the United States; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, over one-third of all American exports went to NAFTA partners, with Mexico being one of the largest buyers of American-made products in the world; and
WHEREAS, Mexico was the second-largest exporter to the United States in 2018, with goods totaling $346.5 billion, a 10-percent increase from 2017; and
WHEREAS, At least 30 of the 50 states in the United States depend on Mexico as one of their two principal exports markets; and
WHEREAS, Mexico purchases 17.2 percent of all California exports, whose dollar value in 2017 amounted to $26.8 billion; and
WHEREAS, The United States Chamber of Commerce estimates that $699 million in California exports to Mexico have been targeted for trade retaliation from United States tariffs; and
WHEREAS, Reports have indicated that the 5-percent tariff on Mexican goods could result is the loss of as many as 50,000 California jobs; and
WHEREAS, These tariffs threaten California businesses and jobs and will be felt by California consumers and producers and across supply chains; and
WHEREAS, The relationship between Mexico and the United States is vital to the success of our country and our state, as seen by the economic benefits of free trade and the ongoing commercial partnership between the nations of North America; and
WHEREAS, To ensure the ongoing cooperation between California and Mexico fundamental to their shared economic prosperity, it is essential that we continue to collaborate to strengthen job creation, cross-border goods movement, innovation, and international competitiveness; and
WHEREAS, With the approval of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) pending before Congress and the ushering in of a new presidential administration in Mexico, a unique opportunity arrives for California to foster productive conversations with Mexico and to find new and innovative ways to lead domestically and internationally; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate urges the leaders of the United States to avoid tariffs with Mexico, as it stands in the way of our own economic success and that Congress should oppose any tariffs levied on Mexico; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the United States Congress; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.