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Reynolds travels to D.C. Thursday

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Five governors, including Iowa’s governor, travel to Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss trade.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced travel plans at her weekly press conference Tuesday. Reynolds stated the five governors will talk to Vice President Mike Pence about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) while in Washington, D.C.

Governor Reynolds will speak on behalf of agriculture and manufacturing. Reynolds says the United States must maintain its existing trade footprint and look for opportunities to expand.

“We want to sit down and reiterate the point that we’re okay with modernizing the language of NAFTA, and we believe in fair and free trade,” Reynolds said. “Those are our number one and number two trading partners – it will have a tremendous impact if we were to withdraw from NAFTA.”

Reynolds says she will also make Vice President Pence aware of the impacts a withdrawal would have on Iowa’s economy, especially its agriculture economy.

“We have very volatile commodity prices right now, and we need to be conscientious of that,” Reynolds said. “While they always say, ‘Do No Harm To Ag,” anytime we’re talking about NAFTA or possible withdrawal, that has an impact on prices.”