Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is urging congressional Democrats to move forward in passing the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade agreement.
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently shared that the House is “moving ahead” with the USMCA and that she hopes to be on a “continuing path to ‘yes,'” — despite the current impeachment push against the president — Republican lawmakers aren’t so convinced.
“The U.S. Senate stands ready, willing and eager to pass it. There’s only one obstacle, which has been on full display in the last several days: House Democrats have been more interested in picking fights with the White House than clinching bipartisan victories for America.
Under pressure from progressives to deny the country any successes during the Trump administration, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tried to run out the clock on the USMCA. Leading House Democrats frequently claim to support the deal in the abstract but have spent months finding one excuse after another to delay passing it.”
McConnell told CNBC on Monday that the House speaker is “not very pro-trade to begin with.” However, he said, “The argument for USMCA is very, very compelling. You know, 176,000 new jobs, $68 billion increase in gross domestic product. We’ve got 12 million jobs already related to our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, so I think it is going to be pretty hard for her not to take it up.”
He said for Democrats, voting on Trump’s trade agreement — which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — would be a “bitter pill for them.”
The Senate leader went on to blast House Democrats for having “a pretty thin record of making something actually become law.”
“USMCA ought to be right at the top of the list, it’s good for the American people,” McConnell said.
Watch McConnell’s interview below:
Lawmakers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico must all ratify the trade agreement, in which Mexico has already done, as IJR reported.
“It’s time for Mrs. Pelosi’s delay tactics to end,” McConnell and McCarthy wrote in the op-ed, adding, “House Democrats need to put the country first and stop blocking this significant victory for the American people.”