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· Pelosi, Trump may reach trade deal despite impeachment
· Pelosi says Democrats are ‘making progress’ on the USMCA
Pelosi, Trump may reach trade deal despite impeachment
By Niv Elis, The Hill
President Trump has said that an impeachment inquiry would block all prospects for cooperating with Democrats on legislation, but the furor seems to have had little effect so far on the prospects for his signature trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
It’s not certain the deal meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will get through Congress, but both sides are sounding positive notes even as they trade barbs over impeachment.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said the trade deal’s path forward was independent of impeachment.
“They have nothing to do with each other,” she said at her weekly press conference, adding that she hoped Trump would find a way to work with Democrats despite the impeachment fight.
“The president has said he wants this U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to go forward, and we are awaiting the language on enforceability. Does it mean he can't do that? That's really up to him,” she said.
At first blush, Pelosi would seem to have no incentive to reach a deal that could help Trump cement a major campaign promise and take credit for overturning the much-maligned NAFTA.
But Democratic strategists say Pelosi is being strategic, showing that Democrats can “walk and chew gum” at the same time on impeachment while also pushing a Democratic campaign message.
“I think this is almost a way for Pelosi to say we’re doing the business of the people,” says Jonathan Tasini, a Democratic strategist and labor expert.
Trump has sought to counter that message, portraying impeachment as a waste of time by Democrats consumed with forcing him from office.
“Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA,” he tweeted following Pelosi’s press conference on Wednesday. “She is incapable of working on either. It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!”
Strategists say Pelosi wants to both show Democrats can govern and showcase Democratic priorities on trade with the USMCA.
“There is an opportunity here to realize a number of long-term progressive priorities. Progressives have been saying since NAFTA passed in the 90s that it needs to be replaced,” said Neil Sroka, the communications director for Democracy for America, a progressive PAC.
“I think there’s an opportunity for Democrats to make it clear that the only way it was able to pass was because Democrats made it better,” he added.
Democrats have been steadfast in pushing for changes to the deal. On Friday, they sent their latest legislative offer to the White House, demanding stronger enforcement for labor and environmental standards, as well as changes to pharmaceutical policy...
Pelosi says Democrats are ‘making progress’ on the USMCA
· House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Democrats are “making progress” on the trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada, known as USMCA, but need more assurances before they can approve the agreement.
· “We’re on a path to yes,” Pelosi tells reporters, while cautioning that “we can’t be there yet” on questions of enforceability.
· Trump tweets out a heated reply that accuses Pelosi of being disingenuous about her desire to move forward on the legislation.
Kevin Breuninger, CNBC
Oct 2, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Democrats are “making progress” on the trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada, known as USMCA, but need more assurances before they can approve the agreement.
“We want to be sure that as we go forward, we are strengthening America’s working families and our farmers who are very affected by this,” Pelosi said at a news conference alongside House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
“We’re on a path to yes,” Pelosi told reporters, while cautioning that “we can’t be there yet” on questions of enforceability.
Trump, who was apparently watching Pelosi on television, quickly tweeted out a heated reply that accused her of being disingenuous about her desire to move forward on the legislation.
“Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA. She is incapable of working on either,” Trump tweeted.
“It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!”
The Democratic leader noted that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., had proposed a counteroffer last week in USMCA talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...