Sen. Cruz highlights trade on Lubbock visit

Sen. Cruz highlights trade on Lubbock visit

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A pro-business crowd welcomed Senator Ted Cruz back to Lubbock Thursday, hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

His main topic: How federal policy affects West Texas. 

"Texas is where the jobs are, but we've got to protect that. We've got to protect that and that's what I'm fighting to do every day in the Senate," Sen. Cruz said.

Sen. Cruz said 2.2 million of those jobs in Texas depend on international trade, as he added this is why the Trump administration is pushing so hard on China to expand markets and reduce barriers. 

"With open and fair trade, Texas farmers, Texas ranchers, Texas manufacturers, Texas small business owners can compete across the globe," Sen. Cruz said.

75 percent of Texas' cotton production goes to exports.

Sen. Cruz said he acknowledges the concerns farmers have with these trade disputes, but he added their patience will be rewarded in the long run.

"Opening up foreign markets is hugely important for the livelihoods of cotton farmers here in West Texas, and I'm going to continue fighting for those farmers, fighting for ranchers, and fighting for more trade for us to get into foreign markets," Sen. Cruz said.

At the same time, he said the attacks from democrats on President Trump will only prolong these negotiations and derail the administration from staying on task.

"I want to keep this economic boom going, and I think the Pelosi House just attacking the president all day and all night is not interest of the people of Texas, and it's not in the interest of the working men and women across the country," Sen. Cruz said.

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