2020 Democrats divided over Trump-Pelosi trade deal

2020 Democrats divided over Trump-Pelosi trade deal
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Democratic candidates running for president were split on supporting the updated North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated between President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Twitter, Facebook split on manipulated Bloomberg video MORE (D-Calif.) during Thursday night's debate.

“This is a modest improvement over what we have right now,” said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.), whose opposition to trade deals were a hallmark of his 2016 run for the Democratic nomination.

“It is not going to stop outsourcing, it is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico, where workers make $2 an hour,” he added. The deal does require increased Mexican wages in certain sectors.

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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Washington Post fact-checker gives Bloomberg 4 Pinocchios for 'deceptive editing' in campaign ad The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Minn.) said the deal was a significant improvement over both the existing NAFTA and the original version of the deal Trump negotiated last year.

“I believe that we have a change with this agreement,” she said, noting that it had the support of trade skeptics such as Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE (D), who had not voted for previous trade deals.

Most of the customers for American goods, she said, were outside the country, and newly negotiated enforceability mechanisms on labor and environmental measures, plus changes on pharmaceutical policy, had made the deal worthwhile.

“I would not have voted for the agreement that President Trump put forward,” she said.

The House overwhelmingly passed the update trade deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, just hours before the debate, 385-41. The Senate is expected to approve it in January.