Senate passes new North American trade deal, sending it to Trump
The Senate rushed to pass the USMCA trade agreement before the expected start of Trump's impeachment trial next week. The House delivered articles of impeachment to the other side of the Capitol on Wednesday, and the Senate could take weeks to decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. USMCA will head to the president more than 14 months after the North American nations agreed to the deal.
The Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada is a signed but not ratified free trade agreement between Canada , Mexico , and the United States .
Senate Republicans are attempting to pass the stalled U . S . trade deal with Mexico and Canada this week before President Donald Trump’s impeachment Senator Martha McSally, who faces a tough campaign in Arizona this year, said she hopes the Senate can vote on the deal as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are taking advantage of delays in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial to speed up a vote on a modified North American trade pact.
Thursday's expected vote promises sweeping bipartisan support for legislation implementing the terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump and many lawmakers blames for shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico.
Grassley pins blame on USMCA hold-up on impeachment
The Senate trial could begin almost immediately after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell receives the articles.“After House Democrats delayed passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement for nearly a year, the speaker’s indecision on impeachment will now keep the trade deal from being ratified for even longer,” Grassley said in a statement.
States in the Senate . Plan a Visit to the Capitol. Previous Meeting. Thursday, Jan 09, 2020 The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 5:35 p.m. 2 record votes were taken.
The US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate , says Democrats. Senate leader Mitch McConnell is meeting behind closed doors with Republican senators on Tuesday to map out the trial's ground rules.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the vote at his weekly news conference Tuesday.
The Senate vote would follow a sweeping vote in the Democratic-controlled House last month and would send the legislation to Trump for his signature. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played a central role in modifying the pact further to assuage allies in organized labor, such as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
The agreement is projected to have only a modest impact on the economy. But it gives lawmakers from both parties the chance to support an agreement sought by farmers, ranchers and business owners anxious to move past the months of trade tensions that have complicated spending and hiring decisions.
Trump made tearing up NAFTA a hallmark of his presidential run in 2016 as he tried to win over working-class voters in states such as Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
The new pact contains provisions designed to nudge manufacturing back to the United States. For example, it requires that 40% to 45% of cars eventually be made in countries that pay autoworkers at least $16 an hour — that is, in the United States and Canada and not in Mexico.
Congress could vote tomorrow on War Powers Act .
A measure to limit President Trump’s authority to wage war with Iran could come up for a vote in the Senate as soon as tomorrow. The sponsor of the Senate version, Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, already has two GOP senators on board, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.But Kaine needs two more Republicans to get the 51 vote simple majority needed for passage, and he’s hoping that Susan Collins of Maine and Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted in the past for an amendment limiting funding for military action, will push the resolution over the top.