House Dems are “trying to get to ‘yes'” on President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal, according to U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Ways and Means Committee member.
“We’re not trying to kill this initiative simply because it’s a Trump initiative,” the Milwaukee Dem said at a WisPolitics.com DC breakfast Wednesday. “We want to do the right thing for the country.”
If approved by all three nations involved, USMCA would replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement, established Jan. 1, 1994.
The three countries agreed on the modification to trade policy on Oct. 1, 2018. Negotiations began back in the summer 2017.
The Mexican government ratified the USMCA in July this year shortly after Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, their newly elected president, took office. The U.S. and Canada have yet to approve of the deal through their respective governments.
Moore said some House Dems have concerns over the labor standards in the agreement and a lack of enforcement measures to make sure those standards are met. She said another Dem issue with agreement is the chapter on patents and intellectual property rights for the pharmaceutical industry.
Any changes to the deal made by the U.S. politicians would need new approval in Mexico and Canada.
Moore also said they need Pres. Trump “to do something other than take the tour to try to stir up support” and get behind working with Dems to pass the agreement in the House. She said Trump and the GOP need to get support “from a broad swath of our caucus” to pass the trade deal.
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s website, one aspect of the deal is it would open U.S. access to Canada’s dairy industry by providing “new tariff rate quotas exclusively for the United States.” Restrictions on most agricultural trade between the nations would be lowered from current standards.
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