Posted by on May 8, 2019 9:13 pm

Categories: Local Politics Pottsville News

Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) appeared on Fox Business Network on Tuesday to discuss details of the Trump infrastructure deal, trade talks with China, and the revised NAFTA deal known as USMCA.

Schuylkill County’s representative in Washington DC showed up on the “Mornings with Maria” show on FBN. The show’s hosted by Maria Bartiromo.

Meuser says President Trump’s legislative agenda would be moving along a lot faster if it weren’t for the prolonged distractions created by Democrats.

Case in point, on Wednesday, Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. It’s all related to how the Democrats are still pissing and moaning about losing the 2016 election. The fake Russia collusion narrative presses on at the expense of legislation that could benefit Schuylkill County, specifically.

A New NAFTA Deal

Chief among those legislative actions is the new NAFTA deal.

If you’re of a certain age, you know NAFTA killed off the last of Schuylkill County’s private industry economy.

The proposed United State Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) collects dust while Democrats hunt for Russians that don’t exist. Trump negotiated the final legs of the deal with Mexico and Canada to “revise” NAFTA so it’s allegedly not as unfair to the U.S.

But it needs Congressional approval. And that requires it passing the House of Representatives now in Democrat control.

Meuser told Bartiromo that voters here want a new NAFTA.

“they sure do, Maria,” he says. “It’s going to help our agriculture in particular. It’s up to Speaker Pelosi to bring it to the floor.”

Infrastructure Plan

Meuser agreed USMCA’s got a better chance of getting by the House first over any proposed infrastructure spending plan.

And he’s not in favor of what he calls a traditional tax-and-spend federal government “aid” plan.

Instead, Meuser seems to favor benefits to private industries to participate in any infrastructure deal.

“It’s got to be done a lot smarter,” Meuser says. “People are not going to stand for simply a gas tax and be told, ‘Hey everything’s going to be great’. I’m not for a typical tax-and-spend way of handling this.”

China Trade

Meuser says he supports Trump’s push to finalize a Chinese trade deal by the end of this week.

Of course, by the time we normalized trade relations with China, Schuylkill County’s private economy was in the tank or non-existent. The deal however, was like the final nail in the coffin.

“We’ve lost literally millions of jobs due to the unfair trade practices of China,” Meuser says in this clip below:

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