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Despite Concerns, Pelosi and Trudeau Welcome Ongoing Work to Ratify USMCA

Date: September 10, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a call with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 3, according to two Canadian officials. The two leaders spoke about their plans and concerns with the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), which, if passed, will replace the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

A spokesman for Speaker Pelosi said in a statement that Pelosi told Trudeau the Democrats’ concerns include how the USMCA will be enforced, how Mexico will implement labor standards, how prescription drugs will be priced, and how the trade agreement will impact the environment.

“The Trump administration is pressing lawmakers to quickly ratify the USMCA, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement,” Reuters wrote, “but Democrats who have the House majority say they will proceed only when their concerns have been addressed.”

But despite those issues, both Pelosi and Trudeau said they “welcomed ongoing work towards its ratification,” according to a statement from Trudeau’s office

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