Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) informed the public on Tuesday that once the impeachment trial is done, the Senate will move on to trade.
During a news conference, McConnell said:
“We will not be doing USMCA in the Senate between now and next week. That will happen, in all likelihood, right after the trial is finished in the Senate.”
McConnell’s decision was made after Democrats in the House announced that they had made a deal with the White House to discuss the trade agreement. This came after months of back and forth negotiations that seemed to be going nowhere.
While most people on both sides of the aisle are happy that a deal has finally been reached on the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), one Republican is upset.
Under #NAFTA, PA's exports to Mexico have surged by nearly 550%. NAFTA supports hundreds of thousands of PA jobs. #USMCA diminishes free trade. This morning, I joined @SquawkCNBC to discuss why I will be voting against USMCA. Watch: pic.twitter.com/sRvNTXACws
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) December 11, 2019
After hearing about the deal, Sen. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania said:
“This is basically NAFTA, with a few modernizations and some restrictions on trade and expiration date. If people think that’s a huge improvement, then I guess they’ll be happy with it. For people who think free trade is important, they’ll presumably see it as the step backward that I see it as.”
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