In what is setting up to be an historic week, the House is poised to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement after a bitter debate over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and lawmakers also are rushing to pass legislation to fund the government for fiscal 2020.
The House is still on track to vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next week, but several Republican senators are complaining that they won’t have a say in the process like they are meant to under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) law.
The U.S. agriculture sector — from pork producers to vegetable farmers — is relishing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agreement to a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but farm groups won’t be satisfied until the House and Senate ratify the trade pact.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders gave the green light on Tuesday to a revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and, according to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a floor vote on the new North American pact could get a floor vote next week.
The Trump administration on Monday moved closer to getting a deal for its renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement as pressure increases from lawmakers and farm groups for a year-end ratification vote.
A proposal for a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after top U.S. and Mexican negotiators met again Saturday in Washington, according to a Bloomberg report.
Two of the highest-level trade officials representing the U.S. and Mexico worked through the day Friday and into the night trying to reach an agreement on the replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement, but fell short of a deal that both countries could accept.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says negotiations to bring the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the House floor are ongoing, but procedural steps required once a deal with the Trump administration is secured could push a vote into the new year.
President Donald Trump has said there are enough Democratic votes in the House to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and lawmakers like Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, agree, but there are still deep reservations by some over how to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.