House Democrats Support Updated Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada

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Trump said on Twitter Tuesday morning that the USMCA was "looking good".

Freeland said the U.S. -Mexico-Canada-Agreement is good for Canada and promotes trade stability for all of North America - while Lighthizer called it historic.

"This is a long-overdue victory for our farmers and ranchers, who will finally get to reap the benefits of a more fair trade deal that will help them expand into new markets".

According to Fox Business, which reported that the "trade agreement [has been] reached", a final deal could be done in the next 24 hours.

"It's an agreement that Democrats shaped", said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA", Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference announcing the deal.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole said Tuesday that while his party supported the previous agreement that was before Parliament last session, they have to see how substantive the changes made are before endorsing the revised deal.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the three countries had agreed on tweaks to labour, steel and aluminium provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), after US Democrats pressed for changes, particularly to strengthen enforcement of new Mexican labour laws. The manufacturing group's president and CEO, Jay Timmons, said his group felt the agreement fell short of setting a "gold standard" in protection of intellectual property, but would deliver certainty for the 2 million manufacturing workers whose jobs depend on North American trade. While we appreciate their support, it shouldn't take impeachment backfiring for them to join in putting #AmericaFirst!'

The trade negotiations are coming to a close on the same day that Democrats are outlining impeachment charges against Trump.

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The bill would need to be ratified in Congress, where some Republican senators have grumbled about backing a bill that has such strong support from organized labor.

The path to ratification in all three countries now looks clear for USMCA - first signed in November 2018 to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

He then tweeted about the Democrats' "witch hunt". President Trump may have opened this deal.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard congratulated the negotiators for reaching a second set of agreements to answer USA concerns about labour rights in Mexico, and regional content.

The new provisions include "facilities-based enforcement" in Mexico by "independent labor experts", with penalties for goods that fail to meet standards. 'But in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was proposed by the administration'.

"Today's announcement is a win for Kansas farmers, workers, and families".

On Monday, Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and they discussed the "significant progress toward finalizing" the deal, the White House said Tuesday. "It's an improvement. And to the extent that Trumka and labour comes out and says that this is an improvement, I think that that will be unifying".

He said it would also eliminate "special carve outs for corporations like the giveaway to Big Pharma in the administration's initial proposal and loopholes created to make it harder to prosecute labor violations".

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