Skip to comments.Nation's Largest Labor Coalition, AFL-CIO Chief: We’ve Got A Deal On USMCA
Posted on 12/09/2019 3:06:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Can Donald Trump score a major win on trade and international relations even as House Democrats prepare to impeach him on his handling of the latter? The president of the nations largest labor coalition says yes. The White House has crafted a deal on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement which satisfies both unions and Democrats, and now should pass quickly in the House:
A key party to the talks, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, said Monday morning that there was a deal and he planned to meet with his executive committee Monday afternoon to discuss it.
We have pushed them hard and have done quite well, Trumka said in an email to the Washington Post.
Support from the AFL-CIO, which opposes the existing North American Free Trade Agreement and blames it for destroying millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs, would likely ensure support from a majority of House Democrats if the deal is brought up for a vote.
Perhaps realizing the issue will play to Trumps benefit, the unions negotiator tried to wrest credit for deal away from the president. Their demands produced a trade deal with significant differences, the attorney claims:
The USMCA they signed in 2018 is not going to be the same as the USMCA we see in 2019, said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawer with Dickinson Wright. There are going to be significant differences.
Differences, to be sure, but how significant are they likely to be? According to the Washington Post, the changes focus mainly on steel, iron, and pharmaceuticals, which are important trade areas but hardly the bulk of transactions in North America. Besides, the deal will still need passage in Mexico and Canada after the US codifies the trade deal into statutory law. They wouldnt go along with a massive overhaul of the agreement that they made earlier with Trump, not unless the Democrats went all the way back to NAFTA.
And lets not forget too that the ongoing negotiations with Mexico and Canada were conducted by the White House, not the AFL-CIO. As the terms have changed in talks with the House Democrats and Labor, trade representative Robert Lighthizer has held continuous meetings with his counterparts in both countries to simultaneously work out the differences between the original USMCA and the demands being made in the House.
Politically, this would be a huge win for Trump, who almost alone campaigned against the preceding NAFTA during the 2016 campaign. He called it the worst trade deal in history, promising to end it and replace it with a deal that treated American workers with more respect. Despite considerable skepticism that Trump could get Canada and Mexico back to the bargaining table, he managed to succeed in the end with short-term trade wars that both Republicans and Democrats initially opposed. Trump has been waiting more than a year for the House to act on the deal, and until recently it appeared that Nancy Pelosi was content to run out the clock on the agreement rather than give Trump a win.
Now, however, voters are asking why Democrats arent getting anything done except impeachment, especially in the key swing states that gave Trump his victory in 2016. Pelosi might need this more than Trump does at this point, especially now that she has fully committed to getting articles of impeachment to the House floor by Christmas. If thats all she has to show for 2019, Pelosi is going to lose some of her freshmen in the next election and Democrats might not win back Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin in 2020 either.
Get nanzi off her botoxed butt then and vote on it.
There’s been so little commentary on the changes I got the impression it’s all poison pill stuff.
Watch the Dems (with media help) steal credit for this.
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Pelosi should bring CMA to the floor for a vote.
But she should be under no delusions about saving herself.
Nancy and her Trump Derangement Syndrome pals have royally screwed themselves, and passing CMA won’t save them.
Trump will win his next election with 40 states.
Perhaps realizing the issue will play to Trumps benefit, the unions negotiator tried to wrest credit for deal away from the president.
Won't work. BTW, the AFL-CIO is doomed.
This puts Pelosi in a bad position. When the communist, Trumpka, deserts her for Trump, she might want to do some soul (if she had one) searching.
The House USMCA bill contains a “poison pill” provision that will not allow it to pass in the Senate or get signed by the President. The change removes language from the Communications Decency Act Section 230 that protects internet publishers from liability for reposted content. This would punish Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other content publishing services and require them to curate all their content or be subject to endless lawsuits. It could effectively kill their business model.
I’ll believe it when the President signs it into law.
As far as I recall, President Trump has options. If this isn’t a good deal, President Trump can veto it, announce that we are leaving NAFTA, and adopt the USMCA as a bilateral agreement with Mexico, which has already passed it. The bilateral agreement is only for ten years, but it can be done without congress, and will be re-approved in ten years once it becomes the new normal.
Hunter Biden coulda done this for 5 or 10 Million according to Joe Joe the dog faced candidate.
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