Detroit Chamber head applauds Pence's work


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Vice President Mike Pence received high marks April 26 from Sandy Baruah, the president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber Chamber of Commerce.

‘’The role of all vice presidents is to rally support behind the president they serve,’’ Baruah told the Michigan Business Journal. ‘’In that regard, Vice President Pence is masterful on the podium and did a great job framing the Trump administration’s efforts around the automotive industry.’’

Pence was in Michigan on April 24 , attending a fundraiser for Trump's re-election campaign and talking to auto industry personnel about the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – the tentative pact that would replace NAFTA.

Before Pence spoke, Baruah conducted a question and answer session with autoworkers.

‘’The chamber, along with our friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have endorsed USMCA and urge its passage by the Congress. This is an important issue which we agree with the Trump Administration,’’ Baruah said.

Pence offered similar sentiments. 

‘’Two years ago, President Trump spoke for our entire administration when he went to the Motor City and told the world, 'There is no more beautiful sight than an American-made car,'" Pence said. "And since the earliest days of our administration, President Trump has promised to fight for your jobs, to fight for Michigan workers and to fight to keep making cars right here in America. And two years later, I’m proud to report that President Trump delivered."

Baruah is looking forward to when USMCA is enacted.

‘’Certainly, some of the regulatory relief that has been enacted has been helpful to the auto industry, as will the certainty that a fully enacted USMCA will bring" Baruah said. "The myriad of tariffs, including those imposed on steel and aluminum as well as tariffs under the National Security Provision (Section 232), have significantly driven cost pressures that are having a real impact on firms, customers and employees,’’ Baruah said.

The USMCA still is awaiting approval from the legislatures of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"That’s why this president has been busy forging new trade deals that put American jobs and American workers first," Pence told the crowd. "From Europe to the Indo-Pacific, we’ve been fighting unfair trade practices, and we’ve been negotiating deals that promote free, fair and reciprocal trade. But now the time has come for Congress to pass the largest trade deal in our history. The time has come for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement."

Baruah, meanwhile, was happy the vice president was in Michigan.

‘’It was a pleasure to help host the vice president during his visit to Michigan," he said. "Anytime we can bring such a high ranking federal official to our state to discuss our issues is a tremendous opportunity. The vice president was exceptionally personable and conversational with our group prior to taking the stage.’’ 

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