Specific demands have now been made by House Democrats for changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and they say it’s now up to the Trump administration to make them happen as lawmakers embark on their six-week summer recess.
Several House Democrats stood in the sweltering summer heat Tuesday afternoon with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, pledging to gathered reporters and supporters there will be no vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until the Trump administration meets their demands.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is trying to convince skeptical Democrats that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will do enough to address their concerns over drug pricing and enforcement of labor and environmental standards.
The Trump administration is in a hurry for Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, but many House Democrats showed Wednesday at a hearing that they won’t be hurried as they contemplate changes to the renegotiated North American trade pact.
Lawmakers from both ends of the ideological spectrum want to use the farm bill to impose significant new restrictions on the research and promotion programs for beef, milk and dozens of other commodities.
The U.S. wind industry and electric-powered cars look to be the big losers among energy provisions in the House tax reform bill that was marked up this week, while the oil and gas industry appears to once again be in for some very nice breaks.