Republican governors press Congress to pass NAFTA replacement

Republican governors press Congress to pass NAFTA replacement
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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) on Thursday sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE’s trade pact proposed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

The letter comes as congressional Republicans had expressed concerns over passing the deal amid opposition to the White House’s threat of tariffs on Mexico over immigration and as Democrats slam the agreement’s environmental and labor clauses.

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“Completion of the trade agreement is critical to our states as we seek to boost economic development and encourage new investment that leads to job creation,” the RGA members wrote in unanimous agreement.

“As chief executives of our states, we urge Congress to pass the USMCA quickly so American workers can begin reaping the benefits of improved trade with our North American neighbors. Passing the agreement quickly will give our small and large businesses the stability and predictability they need to expand, invest, and create more jobs.”

The White House is leaning heavily on its allies in Congress to push through the trade agreement, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE visiting Capitol Hill on Tuesday to again pitch the deal.

The letter comes one day after Mexico’s Senate overwhelmingly approved the pact and as Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrudeau rips Trump over attacks on Democratic lawmakers: 'That is not how we do things in Canada' Sarah Sanders hits Ocasio-Cortez over criticism of Ivanka Trump's G-20 appearance Macron's office 'didn't anticipate the reaction' after sharing Ivanka Trump video clip MORE is also expected to press Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally #IStandWithPresTrump trends in response to #IStandWithIlhan MORE (D-Calif.) to back the deal during a meeting Thursday.