Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'

Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle 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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealConservative groups aim to sink bipartisan fix to 'surprise' medical bills Treasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate 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.