One year ago, President Donald Trump marked an enormous milestone in his presidency, announcing on Twitter that the U.S., Canada, and Mexico had just signed an historic new trade agreement.
“With our signatures today, we will formally declare the intention of our countries to replace NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], a truly groundbreaking achievement,” Trump wrote on November 30, 2018. “Just signed one of the most important, and largest, Trade Deals in U.S. and World History. The United States, Mexico and Canada worked so well together in crafting this great document. The terrible NAFTA will soon be gone. The USMCA will be fantastic for all!”
A year later, unfortunately, the USMCA is still languishing on Capitol Hill.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for sitting on this important piece of legislation.
“Today marks one year since @realDonaldTrump signed the USMCA trade deal, but Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have been too busy wasting time on their impeachment sham to pass it and help American businesses and workers,” Sanders wrote. “Do your jobs and pass #USMCANow!”
Sanders wasn’t the only one who marked the anniversary.
“One year ago today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA,” Vice President Mike Pence tweeted on Saturday. “While this Administration works FOR the American People, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress work AGAINST jobs for the American People. Our country needs the #USMCAnow!”
The USMCA is a badly-needed overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has had deleterious effects on both American wages and working conditions. While the new trade agreement will tighten regulations on trade, labor unions remain opposed to some of the agreement’s provisions, which they say will encourage U.S. companies to move across the border to avoid some of the most strenuous red tape.
Earlier this month, Pelosi said they were closing in on a version of the agreement that Democrats could pass.
“I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this can be a template for future trade agreements. A good template,” Pelosi said on November 19. “I’d like to see us get it done this year. I mean, that would be my goal.”
Unfortunately, the year is running out. And Pelosi and her cohorts seem far too consumed by their fever-fantasy of impeaching President Trump to give any attention to something as banal as a major three-nation trade agreement. How is Adam Schiff supposed to raise his voice about THAT!