House Dems ready for USMCA standoff

House Democrats aren’t budging on changes they want made to the U.S. Mexico Canada agreement before they pass the bill.

While Mexico has already ratified the agreement and plans for major labor reforms, Democrats say more needs to be done. “We have a chance to raise living standards across our continent rather than leading to a race to the bottom on who can make goods with the lowest labor costs.”       

Chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade Earl Blumenauer of Oregon says the new NAFTA is too important to rush but believes it can be approved before the end of the year.

Bill Pascrell, Jr of New Jersey says it’s not immigration that put people out of work, it’s poor labor standards and a tremendous amount of outsourcing. “It’s the deals that were made to keep the Mexican worker not even down on the farm, and so our relationships not only in industry but in agriculture have collapsed.”

Some experts expect Canada to wait until the U.S. passes the agreement to prevent reopening the text and extend the approval process even longer.

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