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API joins consumer-focused coalition to push Congress to pass U.S-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

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WASHINGTON, February 26, 2019 – Today, the American Petroleum Institute announced that it has joined the newly launched USMCA Coalition, backed by over 200 companies and associations across a wide variety of industries, to urge Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“We are excited to join the newly launched USMCA Coalition, which represents a wide variety of industries, businesses, farmers, and manufacturers from across the nation, who all support a strong free trade agreement with our key allies: Mexico and Canada. This isn’t just about the potential impact to the U.S. energy industry – but also to small businesses, manufacturers and U.S. jobs. We call on Congress to put working families first and pass the USMCA to ensure the free flow of goods and energy between U.S., Canada and Mexico,” said Kyle Isakower, API’s Vice President of Regulatory and Economic Policy.

“In terms of the unique impact to the U.S. energy industry, North American energy markets are deeply integrated and interconnected, and the free flow of energy products across our borders is essential for continued American energy leadership and economic growth.”

“The USMCA contains critical provisions that will enable the American natural gas and oil industry to continue its role as the world’s energy leader, provide affordable and reliable energy to American families, support key investments and energy projects across the country, as well as the continued support of over 10.3 million U.S. jobs.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.