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Made in Texas

Oct 14, 2020
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Texas is the embodiment of freedom in the United States.

We are the most pro-business state in the country, with low taxes, fewer regulations and more freedom for entrepreneurs than anywhere across the United States. It is these principles that allow innovators to thrive and propel our world into the future.

We recently commemorated Made in America Week, where we take time to celebrate the excellence and expertise of the millions of skilled craftsmen, tradesmen and innovators that strengthen our economy every day. These men and women continue rising to meet the moment as they embody the American Dream – and no one does it better than right here in Texas.

Over the last couple of years, world-renowned manufacturing giants have announced plans to build or expand factories not only in the state, but in our very own 25th District.

In October 2019, Louis Vuitton opened a new factory in Keene to “meet the ever-growing demand for Louis Vuitton products in the American market.” The workshop will create approximately 1,000 jobs over the next five years and act as a stimulus to the local economy. I was honored to attend it’s grand opening with President Donald Trump and Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault late last year to celebrate the growth and opportunity it will bring to Johnson County.

Tesla, one of our world’s top vehicle manufacturers, announced in July their plans to build a new 5 million square foot Gigafactory in East Austin that will open as soon as next year. The $1.1 billion assembly plant is expected to create 5,000 new jobs in the area and will become a magnet for other manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. These expansions are made possible thanks to pro-growth policies I supported like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), and our state’s economic strength that continues pulling America forward as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, COVID-19 also exposed some weaknesses in our critical supply chains; we cannot be so reliant on foreign nations to obtain vital goods such as medication and PPE, and we should never overestimate the value of self-reliance. Ensuring we have all the manufacturing and resources at home in America will help us prepare for any unexpected disasters down the road.

President Trump and I have pledged to put American workers first and fight for every job by protecting our freedom and our national security. In the words of the President, “we are creating jobs, improving lives, and strengthening our families, our neighbors, and our Nation.” We are fighting every day for the American Dream.

The future of manufacturing belongs to innovators in Texas, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves to support their mission.