Congress must pass a new stopgap spending bill this week to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the Thanksgiving break, while House Democrats look to nail down a deal with the White House to clear the way for approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
House Democrats and the Trump administration are close to striking a deal on enforcing labor standards in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the principal remaining issue that is yet to be resolved before a House vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
House Democrats emerged from negotiations Wednesday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with a newfound optimism that an agreement on the pact will soon be within reach.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still isn’t ready to hold a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but the pace of talks between Democrats and the White House is picking up speed as both sides aim for ratification before the end of the year.
Senate Republicans want to advance a fiscal 2020 domestic spending package as soon as this week that would include funding for departments and agencies critical to agriculture and the food industry. Meanwhile, House Democrats are closer to a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement
House Democrats are still far from ready to ratify President Donald Trump’s new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but their demands represent just one of the threats to implementation of the updated trade pact that would keep most agricultural tariffs at zero.
House Democrats are poring over a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on proposed fixes for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said Thursday he’s preparing a response to send back Thursday or Friday.
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.