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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act Conference Report:

“Free trade strengthens America and improves our standing and competitiveness in the world while also creating jobs in the U.S. But it has to be free trade done right. The conference report the House passed today ensures America’s trade laws are enforced, that trade is streamlined and efficient, and that no trade agreement will change America’s immigration policy or expand visa access. Congress made sure that when it comes to trade, the people’s priorities are front and center. 

“Beyond these important trade provisions, we also banned state and local governments from imposing taxes on Internet access. The Internet has improved the lives of Americans in innumerable and far-reaching ways. We shouldn’t tax online innovation. Instead, we must preserve internet freedom so it can continue to be an engine for economic growth and human development.”