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Letter | Sen. Scott’s decision on trade was the right one for South Carolina

ECONOMY

Scott’s trade vote helps state

Recently, Sen. Tim Scott voted for legislation that enables Congress to play its important constitutional role in formulating and directing U.S. trade policy. This legislation will benefit South Carolina workers and communities by opening markets for U.S. goods and services worldwide.

Thanks to efforts to promote free trade and open investment like Trade Promotion Authority, Honda has invested nearly $338 million in South Carolina to date. Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc., the sole global producer of Honda's all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SxSs), employs 1,000 workers in the state.

In 2014, Honda exported $3.5 billion worth of U.S.-origin goods to nearly 100 countries and territories around the world.

Trade enables Honda associates in the U.S. to contribute to their communities and the overall U.S. economy. By voting for TPA, Sen. Scott voted to open the door to reach the 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States.

I want to thank Sen. Scott for his continued leadership on behalf of South Carolina.

Brian Newman

Timmonsville

The writer is president of Honda of South Carolina.

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