Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'

Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill Man seen wearing 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt on Jan. 6 pleads guilty to trespassing Democrats should ignore Senators Manchin and Sinema 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 TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world 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 LighthizerBob LighthizerBiden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealSenate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed-up child tax credit into spending deal Pelosi: Build Back Better may need to be 'more limited,' renamed Judge dismisses Trump suit to block Congress from getting tax returns 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.