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The House passes the USMCA deal

December 19, 2019

  For months Donald Trump has been pressuring Nancy Pelosi to pass the deal he negotiated to replace NAFTA, the USMCA, but unwilling to give the President a victory the Speaker of the House put partisan politics ahead of the country and refused to bring the deal to the floor of the House.

  After the bill languished in the House for a year Nancy Pelosi announced the House would finally take up the measure. This announcement came just one hour after she announced the House would bring articles of impeachment against Donald Trump so that the Democrats’ radical base would not realize she was about to hand the President a political victory after the party vowed to resist everything.  

  Today the House has passed the USMCA, here is more:

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation championed by President Donald Trump that will revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), passed by a vote of 385-41, will modernize the U.S.’s trading relationships with neighbors Canada and Mexico and represents a major victory for President Trump and his administration. 38 House Democrats opposed the bill, while two Republicans and Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voted against it. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will sit until the conclusion of the upper chamber’s impeachment trial. Its passage comes one day after the House approved two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against the president.

“House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing U.S. trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses,” said Lighthizer. “The USMCA is expected to create between 176,000 and 589,000 new American jobs and substantially increase economic growth.  The International Trade Commission’s analysis shows that USMCA will have a more positive impact on our economy, jobs and wages than any other U.S. trade agreement ever negotiated.”

  I am not sure it is true that the Senate will not take up this measure until the impeachment hearing is over but if that is true it is disappointing. Especially if the Democrats refuse to sent the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber.

  Again the timing of this vote is hilarious; coming one day after the House impeached the President so as to not draw attention to the fact  that the Democrats approved something Donald Trump wanted. This deal will be a victory for the American people but the Democrats’ base will not be happy because they care more about taking down Donald Trump than doing what is best for the country and the Democratic leadership is afraid of angering them.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. peter3nj permalink
    December 19, 2019 10:04 pm

    Surely true to form Pelosi will take the credit proclaiming she and her majority were able to take care of business unencumbered by Trumps criminal activities which interfered with their doing the people’s business. I’m sure if it.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 20, 2019 6:13 am

      I am sure you are right on! She already basically said the deal was horrible until the Democrats fixed it…

      Like

  2. December 20, 2019 12:09 am

    Ditto to Peter…

    Liked by 1 person

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