AFL-CIO backs Trump's North American trade pact

AFL-CIO backs Trump's North American trade pact
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced Tuesday that the powerful labor confederation will support 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’s new North American trade deal, paving the way for likely passage in the Democratic-controlled House.

Trumka said in a statement that the AFL-CIO endorses Trump’s proposed revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after Democrats successfully negotiated for tougher labor standards.

“Make no mistake, we demanded a trade deal that benefits workers and fought every single day to negotiate that deal,” Trumka said, “and now we have secured an agreement that working people can proudly support.”

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His endorsement came moments before 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.) 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.) announced a deal to pass the trade pact, dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Democrats have worked closely with the AFL-CIO and other labor groups to secure stricter labor oversight provisions in talks with White House officials. The AFL-CIO’s rare endorsement of a trade deal clears the way for progressive Democrats to support the USMCA without fear of blowback from unions.

Trumka told The Washington Post on Monday that he was reviewing a tentative USMCA agreement with his executive committee, expressing optimism about labor-related changes. 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 will sign an updated version of the pact Tuesday in Mexico City with Mexican and Canadian officials.

"President Trump may have opened this deal. But working people closed it. And for that, we should be very proud," Trumka said in Tuesday's statement.