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(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

Congressional Democrats believe President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hurt his administration’s push to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified, lawmakers told Inside U.S. Trade this week.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

After meeting one-on-one with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan (D-WI) said key changes must be made to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement itself if the Trump administration wants to gain the support of his contingent, which is one of the largest in Congress.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Several first-term Democrats on Tuesday told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that biologics provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement run counter to their goal of lowering drug prices in the U.S.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton on Tuesday said he recommends imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the U.S. Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum, contending that a solution must be reached this month if the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is to be ratified this year.


(In Trade)
April 02, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos: “In Mexico, the government is following closely what happens in the U.S., and that might be the signal for Mexico to try to move on its own to get USMCA approved before the summer as well.”


(Daily News)
April 01, 2019

Labor legislation under consideration in the Mexican Congress fails to meet the requirements of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to a letter House Democrats Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) plan to send to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the coming days.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2019

Ways & Means trade panel ranking member Vern Buchanan said he was “optimistic. We've got a lot of momentum. [Lighthizer] was there to talk about a meeting with Democrats. It seems like there's some momentum there as well.”


(Daily News)
March 26, 2019

After fielding several concerns from Democratic lawmakers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday rebutted claims that provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would lead to higher drug prices for U.S. consumers.


(In Trade)
March 25, 2019

Yerxa: “Both are bad, but quotas introduce a number of elements beyond just simple tariffs that have to do with unpredictability and even being able to get your products in under any circumstances. How they’re administered, who administers them, the fairness of them, all the rest.”


(Daily News)
March 22, 2019

For the first time since the conclusion of the Section 232 probe into steel and aluminum imports, the United Steelworkers is calling for the removal of tariffs and quotas on Canada ahead of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement's ratification, with sources suggesting that President Trump's push for quotas has not been mollified.


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

USMCA, he writes, “presents a unique opportunity for the United States and Canada to come to an agreement to terminate provincial wine taxation and regulation schemes that discourage Canadians from buying N.Y. wines.”


(In Trade)
March 22, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos suggests the battle over the deal's ratification could include requests for “concessions that have nothing to do with the USMCA,” such as tax policy changes or an increase in the federal minimum wage.


(Daily News)
March 20, 2019

As discussions on how to resolve a Section 232 tariff dispute with Canada and Mexico continue, sources say a host of factors could keep the restrictions in place for some time, with President Trump insisting that quotas or tariffs be applied despite pushback from both countries and the prospect of further complications for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(Daily News)
March 14, 2019

The largest U.S. labor federation is calling for significant changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and warning that if the deal is voted on “prematurely,” it will mobilize opposition forces as it did for prior free trade agreements.


(Daily News)
March 14, 2019

Mexico’s top economic and labor officials arrived in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and Section 232 issues with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Capitol Hill, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.


(Daily News)
March 05, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday that the removal of Section 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico was the “first step” toward the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, after which some Democratic concerns about the deal's environmental and labor provisions would have to be “accommodated.”


(In Trade)
March 05, 2019

“While some progress has been made, it is clear from current auto company investments abroad, that more work needs to be done to make this agreement enforceable and meaningful to our members and their job security.”


(In Trade)
March 04, 2019

First up is a package of labor reforms, which could be approved before Mexico's Congress adjourns in late April.


(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

“While we are deeply disappointed that both Canada and Mexico were unwilling to raise theirthresholds for express shipments to match the U.S. $800 level, lowering the U.S. threshold in response is contrary to well-demonstrated Congressional intent.”


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