Democrats, Trump strike deal on updated NAFTA

Source: Politico | December 10, 2019 | SABRINA RODRIGUEZ

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats have reached a deal with the Trump administration.

Democrats have reached a deal with the Trump administration on the new North American trade agreement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday, pushing President Donald Trump closer to victory on a signature 2016 campaign promise.

The announcement comes the same day House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against the president. It signals that congressional Democrats, who have been negotiating changes with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, are now largely satisfied with the deal’s labor, environmental, enforcement and drug pricing provisions.

It was not immediately clear what the exact changes are between the revised version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that led to a deal and the one that was signed a year ago. But Democratic leaders have emphasized for weeks that the final piece they needed before they would agree to hold a vote was for Lighthizer to make the deal more enforceable.

The compromise clears the way for Congress to vote on the pact in the coming weeks.

The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, also came out in support of the agreement on Tuesday, marking the first time the influential group has endorsed a pact in nearly two decades.

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