29 January 2020
According to a representative for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), neither she nor her Democratic colleagues were present Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico/Canada Agreement (USMCA).
“The White House hasn’t invite House Democrats to their USMCA signing ceremony,” Pelosi spokesman Henry Connelly said in a statement Tuesday. “But we’ll be well represented in the huge changes to the original USMCA draft that Democrats wrested out of the administration on labor, prescription drugs, environment, and enforcement mechanisms,” Breitbart reported.
The House—with a Democratic majority—approved the USMCA agreement on Dec. 19, 2019, by 385 votes to 41, with 193 Democrats and 192 Republicans supporting the pact, after a year of difficult talks between the White House and House Democrats, who have spent months focused on trying to remove the president from office.
President Donald Trump had signed the agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and then Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in November 2019, but it needed ratification by representatives of the House and the Senate to become law.
The Senate ultimately approved it by 89 votes to 10, and forwarded the document to Trump’s office for promulgation.
This historic agreement, which revised the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA, will require that 75 percent of automobile components be manufactured in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and that 40 to 45 percent of those parts be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour by 2023, according to Fox News.
In addition, the agreement will expand access for U.S. farmers to Canada’s lucrative dairy market.
It is clearly an agreement that favors above all the working class in the three countries involved.
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to strategize about finding grounds for the two crimes for which President Trump is accused in his impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.