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House Vote on USMCA Could Happen This Month
USAgNet - 11/12/2019

Congress must approve the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement in order to provide a linchpin for global trade discussions, according to Rick Dearborn, the former White House deputy chief of staff for policy.

With fewer than 10 legislative days left until Thanksgiving, Dearborn, who now serves as executive director for the cross-party Pass USMCA Coalition, said that with impeachment proceedings likely to impact the schedule, the House was running out of time to pass the bipartisan legislation, reports CNBC.

Republican lawmakers have been ramping up public pressure on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve the deal, a replacement for NAFTA. Democrats have been pushing for assurances from Mexico on labor reforms and enforcement, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been meeting frequently with Pelosi and the nine-member USMCA Working Group to iron out the fine print on the deal.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, who heads up the USMCA Working Group, traveled to Ottawa on Wednesday to discuss lingering concerns with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Mexico has ratified the deal in congress, while Canada and the U.S. have yet to do so.

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