Labor Union President Says Trump, House Democrats Have Deal on USMCA

Cheryl Sanders
December 10, 2019

And with the USMCA announcement on Tuesday, Pelosi and the rest of her caucus effectively squelched Trump's predictable "Do-Nothing Democrats" line of defense against impeachment.

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is set to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), which Mr Trump and Democrats have blamed for speeding the decline of US manufacturing.

The agreement on the updated deal was reached between Canada, the U.S, and Mexico, and comes after U.S. Democrats secured adjustments to the deal, paving the way for the new United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement to finally be ratified.

"It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA". Good for everybody - Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions - tremendous support.

On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal also reported that both parties were approaching a deal, citing an anonymous Trump administration official who told the outlet that "we are very, very, very close to completion", and suggested that the USMCA could be finalized by Christmas.

'Thanks to the strong leadership of President Trump and the efforts of our Administration over the past year, Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats have finally acquiesced to the vioce of the American people [and] have agreed to allow a vote on the #USMCA in the House, ' Pence wrote.

Trump had accused Pelosi of being incapable of passing the agreement because she is too wrapped up in impeachment.

The House is planning to vote on the agreement next week. California Representative Jimmy Gomez, a member of House Democratic negotiating team, said last week that Pelosi and Lighthizer have offered Mexico a compromise on labour enforcement that "respects Mexico's sovereignty".

Mr Trump launched talks for "Nafta 2.0" in 2017.

On Tuesday, the Ways and Means Committee highlighted the "improvements" it said Democrats made to the original USMCA deal.

Mexico ratified the version of USMCA that the three countries agreed to previous year, and will need to approve the new agreement.

Union president Trumka praised the deal for creating "enforceable labor standards" and eliminating "carve outs for corporations like the giveaway to Big Pharma in the administration's initial proposal".

"I'm hearing very good things", he said. She has been reviewing changes to the agreement that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Mexican counterpart Jesús Seade have put on paper over the past week.

The leaders of the three countries signed the agreement over a year ago in a well-publicized event on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the three countries agreed to sign the new agreement Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

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