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 SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.) said during Friday night's presidential debate in New Hampshire that the state's two Democratic senators — Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanRosen to lead Senate Democrats' efforts to support female candidates Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Senate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids MORE and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenPro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Bottom line Senators press Treasury to prioritize Tubman redesign MORE — were wrong to vote for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Klobuchar, Murkowski urge FTC to protect domestic abuse victims' data 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 WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans 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 SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far 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.