AAEI is calling on the Senate Finance Committee to move forward with the confirmation process of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner. The U.S. economy stands stronger with a properly confirmed leader at CBP, which is assigned to ensure the safety, prosperity, and economic security of international trade for the American people. Through the Covid pandemic and the start of the economic recovery, this critical leadership position has been left open for more than two years.

It’s time to end the vacancy. AAEI challenges the Senate to complete the confirmation process for Chief Magnus before the holiday season trade rush. President Biden nominated Chief Magnus on April 12th.

AAEI’s President & CEO Eugene Laney and Board Chair Julie Parks met with Magnus to discuss his ideas on trade security and facilitation. The AAEI leaders were taken with his talent and experience in solving complex issues. They found his knack for connecting disparate groups encouraging, given his achievements with community policing programs, which will be critical as CBP takes on the challenges of addressing forced labor, port congestion, and 21st Century Customs.

AAEI conveyed its top desires for CBP to Chief Magnus. Discussion topics included increasing regulatory transparency, cultivating trade relations, and promoting a true Trusted Trader program. 

Trade is critical to America’s economic growth, supporting good jobs at home, raising living standards and helping Americans provide for their families with affordable goods and services. AAEI urges the Senate to end the delay and consider Chief Magnus. The economy and the American people can hardly afford to wait longer.

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