House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters that progress is being made on finalizing a deal that will ensure that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) can be passed by Congress.
“I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this can be a template for future trade agreements. A good template,” Pelosi said.
The House USMCA working group, led by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), is working with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to resolve conflicts surrounding certain provisions under the agreement, including environmental and labor standards. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed desire to get the USMCA passed before the end of the year, but major figures like AFL-CIO union chief Richard Trumka said that agreement would not likely pass if it is brought to the table this November.
Despite concerns among legislators about the agreement’s chances, Pelosi said that she wants to get the USMCA passed before 2020.
“I’d like to see us get it done this year, that would be my goal. I don’t imagine that it would take much more in the Senate to pass,” she said.