December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, ITI urged the U.S. House of Representatives to support H.R. 5430, legislation implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter sent to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, ITI emphasized the USMCA’s first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge digital trade provisions that recognize the reality of the 21st century economy, and the agreement’s importance to the U.S. economy and U.S. competitiveness around the world.

Earlier this week, ITI published a blog post explaining the impact of the USMCA and its landmark digital trade chapter.

ITI scores votes that are key priorities for the tech sector. The following is text of the letter sent to members of Congress announcing the tech organization’s intention to key vote the legislation:

December 18, 2019

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy:

On behalf of the members of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), I write to express our strong support for legislation implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (H.R. 5430). Given the importance of this agreement to the technology sector, we will consider scoring votes in support of final passage in our 116th Congressional Voting Guide.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) represents a landmark improvement in our relationships with some of our most important trading partners from the perspective of the tech sector, and a key step forward for U.S. leadership in innovation and digital trade. Notably, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement contains first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge digital trade provisions that recognize the reality of the 21st century economy and would boost the U.S. economy and its competitiveness around the world.

American companies of all sizes and across all industries leverage technology, and can expect to benefit from the USMCA’s digital trade and other tech-focused provisions. These provisions will promote the seamless flow of data across borders, allow companies to store data where it makes the most sense from the perspective of their business and customers, prevent costly tariffs and taxes on technology products and services, safeguard source code and algorithms by prohibiting requirements that companies divulge them as a condition of doing business, promote acceptance of U.S.-developed international standards, and create consistency in testing and certification procedures for tech goods.

We applaud the work and leadership that has gone into securing the opportunity to move forward with ratification of the USMCA, and urge you and your colleagues to support the implementing legislation for the agreement when it comes to the House floor.

Sincerely,
Jason D. Oxman
President and CEO

cc: Members of the House of Representatives