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Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA

Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA
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If Pelosi does not bring the deal in its current form to the floor for a vote, Mulvaney said, the Trump administration would be more likely to leave things as they are or withdraw from NAFTA.
 
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“You could stay status quo … which is just NAFTA. You could withdraw from NAFTA, which the president has talked about many, many times. Or you could go all the way back to the beginning and renegotiate from scratch with the Canadians, the Mexicans,” Mulvaney said at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.
 
"I think it’s fair to say that last thing is probably unlikely to happen," he added. "Your real two plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.”
 
Pelosi has said the updated version needs stronger enforcement mechanisms, as well as environmental and labor protections, before she will consider advancing the bill in the House.
 
She has also said that Mexico would need to pass a new labor law strengthening unions.
 
 
Mexico’s Senate approved the law on Monday; the lower chamber passed the measure earlier this month.