President Donald Trump and his administration have been working to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since he took over the Oval Office. Though there has been friction with Mexico, Trump managed to strike a deal with them and Canada that reforms some of the current trade regulations between the three nations.
When Trump settled on the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), the U.S. and its neighbors negotiated a trade deal and sent it back to their respective legislatures for approval. Mexico already gave the deal its seal of approval, becoming the first of the three nations to do so.
Canada and the U.S., however, haven’t seen as much progress.
In the U.S., Speaker Pelosi hasn’t gotten around to scheduling a vote on the issue. She claims that she has reservations about the deal, pointing to unresolved issues relating to labor standards and environmental protections.
In turn, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has slowed his roll on the deal, as well, though his concerns are more logistical than political. The Canadian House of Commons was set to adjourn for the summer, meaning he would have to force the vote before the representatives break.
Trudeau met with Pelosi in June to see if she had plans to ratify the deal anytime soon. When she signaled that she did not, Trudeau allowed the House of Commons to adjourn without finalizing the USMCA.
Now, Republicans are calling on Pelosi to stop dragging her feet on the deal and take it up on the House floor.
McDaniel claimed that Pelosi’s delay is costing American workers new jobs.
Pelosi needs to do the same!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 14, 2019
Several other Republicans have been sounding the alarm about the deal, as well.
The ratification of the USMCA will be a HUGE win for America’s farmers, manufacturers, & ranchers.
It would spur economic growth, create thousands of jobs, & raise wages.
Speaker Pelosi needs to bring the USMCA for a vote.
— GOP (@GOP) July 13, 2019
USMCA has HUGE bipartisan support & must be brought for a vote. NAFTA is sorely outdated—and the USMCA brings our trade w/ Mexico & Canada into the 21st Century. It’s good for Mexico. It’s good for Canada. And it’s GREAT for America. Call the vote, Nancy!https://t.co/1X73R0Xpdu
— Tommy Hicks (@TommyHicksGOP) July 13, 2019
If President Trump's trade deal gets an up-or-down vote, it will pass. #USMCA makes America stronger—especially against China.
Just waiting on you, Speaker Pelosi. pic.twitter.com/JVd8rQJXV3
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 10, 2019
For now, it isn’t clear when Pelosi will take on the USMCA. At the moment, it seems as though she has her hands full trying to keep her party together.