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Dic 12th

Trade Agreement Vote

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After some great reports at Politico, all parties began to make some progress in the fall, albeit in costumes and debuts. Behind the scenes, Mexico, the Democrats in the House of Representatives and Lighthizer, furious, tried to agree on stricter labor standards. In December, barely an hour after the announcement of impeachment proceedings against Trump, House Democrats also announced that they had reached a new agreement with the Trump administration. Trumka approved the revised version – the first trade agreement that the AFL-CIO has supported since an agreement between the United States and Jordan in 2001. The agreement will replace the rules for transporting products between the three countries manufactured under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and which have essentially eliminated tariffs on most goods traded between the three countries. Much of the consensus work with the USMCA prior to impeachment proceedings. Democrats actively worked with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to secure concessions on labor and the environment within the USMCA, and Lighthizer has always said he wants multi-party support for trump`s trade agenda, which seemed almost impossible at the beginning of his term. NAFTA 2.0 is an updated version of the nearly 25-year-old $2500 billion trade agreement that has brought about major changes to cars and new guidelines on labour and environmental standards, intellectual property protection and certain digital trade provisions. Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, sat in the Senate gallery with his aides and watched senators vote.

At least one senator, Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and a former trade agent, came up to talk to him during the vote. Approval of the agreement between the United States and Mexico-Canada (USMCA) was overwhelming by 89 votes to 10. This is a major overhaul of the rules governing trade with the country`s neighbours and closest trading partners in agriculture, production and services. But Ottawa and Washington hammered out their disagreements on issues such as milk settlement and dispute resolution, and the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was born.

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