Senate not finished with work on USMCA

Final vote canít come for at least another week as seven committees now need to sign off on North American trade deal.


Jacqui Fatka, BEEF Magazine

Jan 13, 2020


Just when you thought the Senate could vote quickly on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after successful advancing the bill out of the Senate Finance Committee, the Parliamentarian said additional action is needed before clearing the way for a full vote in the Senate. This adds to an already uncertain timeline due to the House holding on to the impeachment articles, which would require immediate attention if and when those are sent to the Senate.


Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) held a news conference Thursday with three of the seven chairs from those Senate committees deemed necessary to sign off on USMCA before a vote can be held.


Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee chairman Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jim Risch (R., Ida.) and Environment & Public Works Committee chairman John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) all shared comments in support of USMCA passage and promised quick committee action in the next week. Risch said the Foreign Relations Committee would take up the agreement during a markup on the afternoon of Jan. 16, while Barrasso said the Environment & Public Works Committee would approve USMCA changes in a business meeting on Jan. 14.


Earlier in the week, Grassley...