Mexican president urges Pelosi to get USMCA trade deal approved

Mexican president urges Pelosi to get USMCA trade deal approved
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday said he wrote House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (D-Calif.) a letter asking her to push forward approval of the trade deal negotiated between the United States, Mexico and Canada, he told reporters at his daily news conference.

“There’s agreement, and I took the opportunity to send Mrs Pelosi a letter explaining that it’s in the interest of the three peoples, the three nations, that this deal is approved,” said López Obrador of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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López Obrador has made passage of the USMCA through the U.S. House of Representatives a top diplomatic priority, despite his historical opposition to similar free trade agreements.

The Mexican Senate approved the agreement in June; the House of Representatives and Canadian Parliament have yet to ratify it.

The USMCA would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which López Obrador vehemently opposed from its inception in the early 1990s.

House Democrats have been reluctant to bring up the USMCA, arguing that Mexico needs to do more to enforce its labor laws and that the deal would push up drug prices regionally.

López Obrador in May pushed through a package of labor reforms that tightened Mexico's already-progressive labor laws.

But Democrats have expressed concerns over enforcement of those laws, as Mexico has historically failed to uphold its strict worker protections and López Obrador's austerity rules have gutted his government's ability to enforce regulations.

A delegation of five House Democrats, including Ways and Means Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOn The Money: Mnuchin, Schumer in talks to strike short-term relief deal | Small businesses struggling for loans | Treasury IG sends Dems report on handling of Trump tax returns EXCLUSIVE: Treasury IG sends report to House Dems on handling of Trump tax returns Pressure mounts on Congress for quick action with next coronavirus bill MORE (Mass.), visited López Obrador earlier this week to discuss the country's labor reforms.

"I appreciate today’s positive discussions and hope to see Mexico implement the substantial labor and enforcement reforms necessary to comply with its obligations under the agreement," wrote Rep. Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation Lawmakers warn Pentagon against reduction of US forces in Africa MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the delegation.