Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA

Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA
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White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyGiuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel MORE on Tuesday rejected Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE’s (D-Calif.) demand to renegotiate elements of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an update of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 
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.
 
Mulvaney's remarks came on the same day that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE met with top congressional Democrats to discuss a potential infrastructure deal. During the meeting, Trump pressed lawmakers several times to take action on the revised trade deal, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.).
 
Mexico’s Senate approved the law on Monday; the lower chamber passed the measure earlier this month.