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(Daily News)
December 19, 2019

The House on Thursday passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s implementing bill 385-41, setting up the Trump administration's signature trade deal for Senate consideration – and ratification – in 2020.


(Daily News)
December 19, 2019

The Senate should not consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement under Trade Promotion Authority fast-track procedure because the Trump administration has failed to comply with the law, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
December 19, 2019

Major opposition parties in Canada's Parliament last week expressed concerns over the modified U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, potentially throwing a wrench in the ratification process in Ottawa but not putting the deal's future in serious jeopardy, analysts said this week.


(In Trade)
December 18, 2019

“USMCA cannot end up in the Senate’s legislative graveyard.”


(In Trade)
December 18, 2019

Hoffa: “The renegotiation of NAFTA and the subsequent improvements made by Democratic leadership have resulted in a final package that is superior to the original.”


(In Trade)
December 18, 2019

“We are going to come back and go immediately into trial,” according to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).


(Daily News)
December 18, 2019

Senate Finance Committee members Tim Scott (SC) and James Lankford (OK) believe the U.S. should prioritize efforts to strike a bilateral deal with New Zealand next year, a subject Scott said he recently raised with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.


(Daily News)
December 17, 2019

The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday favorably reported the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill out of committee, setting up a full House vote on Thursday.


(Daily News)
December 17, 2019

The House on Tuesday passed a government spending bill that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for seven years, create a program to boost U.S. competitiveness against China and allow presidential Cabinet members to step in and serve on the bank’s board temporarily at times when it would otherwise lack a quorum.


(In Trade)
December 17, 2019

The USTR this week has sat for two rare television interviews.


(In Trade)
December 17, 2019

The assessments of the deal's likely impact on employment, labor and the environment have not yet been made public.


(Daily News)
December 16, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday sent Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade a letter crafted to reassure Mexico's government that U.S. labor attachés promised in the Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing legislation will not be akin to labor inspectors.


(Daily News)
December 13, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing legislation, submitted to Congress on Friday, includes the creation of several interagency panels designated to oversee the implementation of the deal’s labor and auto rules, among other items.


(In Trade)
December 13, 2019

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) told Inside U.S. Trade that Ways & Means Committee staff was “literally working around the clock” on the deal’s next steps and “living on junk food so hopefully we’ll see something soon.”


(In Trade)
December 12, 2019

"The USMCA trade agreement could be brought to the floor next week."


(Daily News)
December 12, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee will not hold a mock markup of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill, trade subcommittee Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) said on Thursday, lamenting what he called a break from decades of precedent.


(Daily News)
December 12, 2019

In the late-stage U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations that ended this week, Mexico accepted a version of a labor enforcement mechanism and penalties for workers’ rights violations it had initially rejected because of a range of additional requirements that were attached to the proposals, Mexico’s chief trade negotiator told Inside U.S. Trade in an interview this week.


(Daily News)
December 10, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement will not be brought to a vote in the Senate before it adjourns for the year, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday, adding that the deal likely will be voted on after the Senate concludes its impeachment trial of President Trump.


(Daily News)
December 10, 2019

At a signing ceremony for an addendum to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Tuesday, Mexico’s chief trade negotiator disputed “declarations” he said were made in the U.S. by insisting Mexico did not accept a labor-enforcement mechanism involving the deployment of U.S. inspectors.


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