Pelosi demands Trump impeachment trial info before sending charges

Friday, 20 Dec, 2019

"House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing USA trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses", said Lighthizer.

The vote, which comes a day after House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump, is expected on Thursday afternoon. When we see what they have, we will know who and how many we will send over.

The House of Representatives spent hours on Wednesday debating two impeachment articles against Trump. However, following reassurances by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they weren't labor inspectors and that they would be obliged to follow Mexican laws while in the country, the diplomat said he was "very satisfied" with the deal.

Pelosi said Thursday before the vote that she doesn't care about the "collateral benefit" for Trump.

"Critics said it couldn't be done, but he made it happen".

Some Republicans also grumbled that Democrats took too long to get the agreement across the finish line, but many were quite happy with the result.

Democrats for years have charged that NAFTA led to massive losses of high-paying manufacturing jobs in the companies moved production to low-wage Mexico.

That strategy included a fundamental commitment to free trade - opening the large USA market to products from all over the world.

The commission found that the new agreement would create 30,000 jobs in American auto parts plants.

When a supportive caller congratulated Torres Small for voting to impeach, the congresswoman said she did not feel congratulations were in order.

Republicans questioned the timing of the USMCA vote so close to impeachment. "I had a lot of union labor vote for me, tremendous amount of labor", he said.

NAFTA tore down tariffs and shaped North America into a powerful economic bloc - three-way trade in goods now reaches $1.3 trillion - but it was in many ways outdated in a global economy driven much more by technology and data.

The deal, known as USMCA, will prevent Canada from undercutting USA dairy farmers on price and require auto manufacturers to use more materials from North American countries.

And he said Pelosi's decision to wait to see what the impeachment process would look like in the Senate before sending the articles over was asking the Senate to clean up House Democrats' "shoddy work product".

"By moving forward on approving a new NAFTA in a bum's rush, the House is making clear that the fix was in from the start and is hastening the way for a White House victory party", Pascrell, one of Congress's most vocal opponents of the original NAFTA, said in a statement after the markup.

"American jobs will still flow to other countries", said Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. Those comments were widely interpreted as an attempt to pressure Republicans into agreeing to Democratic demands.