US Senate passes US-Mexico-Canada trade deal in another big win for Trump
The US Senate has passed President Donald Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, despite the opposition of several Democrats. The pact’s passage is a legislative victory for Trump ahead of his impeachment trial.
The USMCA was agreed by Trump and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in 2018, and languished in Congress since, despite repeated protestations from Trump. After passing the House with bipartisan support in December, it finally passed the Senate on Thursday, with 89 Senators voting in favor and ten opposing.
#USMCA is a huge win for our producers.Its implementation will stimulate the economy, create new jobs, and increase exports with two of North Dakota’s top trading partners.It’s a shame this agreement was held up for over a year, but I’m thankful we got this done. https://t.co/4ZwbAIXh3L
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) January 16, 2020
The agreement is a renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal that was widely criticized in the 1990s for allowing American manufacturers to move production to Mexico.
The deal now only needs Trump’s signature to become law. For the president, its passage is the second legislative victory in as many days.
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