Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'

Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Impeachment witness to meet with Senate GOP Tuesday Press: Pelosi strikes back, hatred is a sin MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday signaled that Democrats were “within range” of a deal with the White House on updating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“We are within range of a substantially improved agreement for America’s workers. Now, we need to see our progress in writing from the Trade Representative for final review,” she said in a statement. 

Democrats have been negotiating terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with the White House for months, seeking to entrench strong enforcement mechanisms on issues such as labor, environment and pharmaceuticals. 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE, who inked the deal with America’s neighbors late last year, has accused Democrats of dragging their feet in talks.

The ongoing impeachment inquiry, he has repeatedly said, was impeding progress. 

Last week, following a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerPelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports MORE and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealThis week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week MORE (D-Mass.), Democrats said only a few issues remained. 

Democrats have also labored to ensure that trade unions approve of the deal, saying an agreement could set a new template for trade deals going forward. 

While Democrats had said it was possible to wrap up work and pass legislation on the deal by year’s end, Pelosi said last week that the process could stretch into 2020.