House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday morning announced a “win” for workers and Democrats, saying they reached an agreement with the Trump Administration to move the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forward.
Pelosi says the agreement is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.”
Representative Richard Neal, a Democrat who helped lead the effort, says Democrats support the new agreement because they crafted the details of the improved trade pact.
President Donald Trump says the agreement is “Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions,” adding USMCA has “tremendous support.”
The Trump administration now must send implementing legislation to the House.
Neal told reporters a vote in the House isn’t likely this week, but adds “we’re close,” saying he’s hopeful for a vote possibly next week.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agreement “improves virtually every component” of its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perdue adds, “the House and Senate need to work diligently to pass USMCA by Christmas.”