Is Nancy Pelosi too concerned with impeachment investigations that she’s put everything else on the back burner? What kind of message is she trying to send to the American people? Bills that need to be passed are just piling up on her desk while she works so hard on implicating President Trump. Confirmation from Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro advised in an interview that House Democrats are unlikely to support Trump’s vital proposal.
Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, announced a significant deal, the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement, otherwise known as (USMCA), that will be put in place to avoid tariffs is ready to go. Navarro is calling the agreement “the biggest and best deal ever.” He added that it will provide two times the volume of U.S. trade with China and will convert the U.S. into a “powerhouse of manufacturing for the 21st century.” It has been underway for months and yet still no progress from the Democratic party.
The agreement, requires 75% of auto parts be produced in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to bypass tariffs, and that 40% to 45% of auto parts be made by people who earn at least $16 an hour by 2023. Pelosi and House Democrats have voiced concerns regarding the implementation of the $16 an hour wage. However, the Democratic party that reclaimed control of the House in the 2018 elections are not willing to give President Trump this win before the 2020 elections and amid the impeachment investigation.
USMCA, which would substitute for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the Clinton-era, is essential for the U.S. economy as it includes some of America’s most significant trading allies. All the countries involved have agreed to the deal. Mexico approved the USMCA agreement on June 19th. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed Canada will conform to the trade pact as soon as Pelosi brings it to the table for a vote in the House. Pelosi, confirmed last month that she intends to present the North American trade agreement. Her remarks are pivotal as speculation rises that the deal would be stalled as the Democrats converge on the impeachment inquiry and likely nothing else.
“We’re moving ahead on USMCA, hoping to be on a path, a continuing path to ‘yes,'” Pelosi confirmed last month. However, still, no progress has been made. Last week, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addressed a letter to Richard Neal, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, requesting passage of the agreement.
Navarro isn’t the only one in the administration to address Pelosi. Last week, President Trump confronted The House Speaker for “taking too long” to put the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement up for a vote and naming her “Nervous Nancy” in a tweet on Tuesday.
Other terms involve U.S. farmers obtaining more access to Canada’s dairy market, intellectual property rights, and a sunset clause that states the terms expire 16 years from now. The agreement can be revisited every six years. The contract should further stabilize commodity costs for goods such as corn and cattle.
The U.S. Congress has only 20 working days remaining on the calendar for this year. If the contract is not approved by the end of the year, it will be taken into consideration during the election year in 2020, which will hinder a passage vote. “This is the biggest tragedy I’ve seen in the swamp, politics over policy, over the country,” Navarro declared.