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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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOcasio-Cortez: wage only 'socialist' to those in 'dystopian capitalist nightmare' Bottom line Democrats adjust language on child tax credit in relief bill 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 LighthizerBob 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 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.