Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'

Pelosi signals USMCA deal is 'within range'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare House lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill 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 TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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 LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealRep. Bill Pascrell named chair of House oversight panel Rep. Cedric Richmond set to join House Ways and Means Committee Coons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware 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.