Sanders says NH Democratic senators were wrong to back Trump's USMCA

Sanders says NH Democratic senators were wrong to back Trump's USMCA
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE (I-Vt.) said during Friday night's presidential debate in New Hampshire that the state's two Democratic senators — Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanMnuchin says Social Security recipients will automatically get coronavirus checks Lawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors Who should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? MORE and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? McConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan deal on stimulus American citizen released from Lebanese prison, returning to US MORE — were wrong to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"Yes," Sanders said when asked directly if Hassan and Shaheen were incorrect in voting for the deal. "I mean, it's a disagreement."

"There is not one word in that trade agreement that deals with climate change, and I don't know how in 2020 you could do that," Sanders said.


He went on to argue that the agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would lead to continued outsourcing of American jobs to Mexico.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden MORE (D-Minn.), who voted for the USMCA, said she wanted to "defend the honor of the incredible two senators from New Hampshire."

She said there were "major improvements" in the trade agreement pertaining to labor inspections.

Klobuchar said she would work to make sure that climate change provisions are included in future trade deals and that the best ways to tackle the issue are to reenter the Paris climate agreement, restore former President Obama's clean power rules and put a price on carbon. She argued that having no trade agreement with Canada and Mexico would put the U.S. at a disadvantage when trying to "pushing China to do better when it comes to climate change."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.) also explained her vote in favor of Trump's North American trade deal, saying Democrats helped to improve the agreement and that it "makes things somewhat better for workers and for farmers."


"When I see a law that makes things somewhat better for hardworking people in this country, I say, 'I'll sign up for that.' And then I'll get up tomorrow morning and I'll start working hard for a better trade deal on climate," Warren said.

Another candidate, Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE, said he agreed with Sanders on the USMCA.

"Everybody wants to get into our market, and that's how we convince them that they've got to be right on climate too," Steyer said.