(WLAX/WEUX) Washington D.C. – Just minutes before the U.S. Senate became an impeachment courtroom – it handed President Trump a big bipartisan victory: passage of his trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. And it wasn’t even close.
Two days, two big trade victories for President Trump. The new U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement passed the Senate, replacing NAFTA from the Clinton era. The deal covers $1.3 trillion dollars in commerce, making it the biggest of all time.
Peter Navarro, White House Trade Advisor, said, “The markets rightly like this, because what it means is jobs.”
It’s taken more than a year to get here with labor unions heavily involved in negotiations.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “It will give some relief to our farmers. It will give some relief to our workers.”
That relief comes in the form of updated protections for farmers, workers, and manufacturers.
Senator Ron Wyden, “It brings technology and trade policy into the 21st century.”
The deal has been approved by Mexico, but still needs to be ratified by Canada. But the bipartisan honeymoon didn’t last long.
Minutes after the USMCA vote, workers began setting up a podium for House managers to use during the impeachment trial.
President Trump expressed frustration impeachment is getting more news coverage than his trade accomplishments. “The USMCA will probably be second to this witch hunt hoax, which hopefully everyone knows is not going anywhere.”
Multiple lawmakers said they voted against the deal because it doesn’t address climate change, which minority leader Chuck Schumer says is the greatest threat facing the planet.