Pelosi updates Trudeau on status of Trump's NAFTA revamp

Pelosi updates Trudeau on status of Trump's NAFTA revamp
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate Siren song of impeachment lures Democrats toward election doom MORE (D-Calif.) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauA third-party Green candidate is greatest threat to Democrats Forget Greenland — Trump should offer statehood to these Canadian provinces How Justin Trudeau can make his second act a success MORE spoke Tuesday to discuss progress on negotiations over the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), President TrumpDonald John TrumpJim Jordan: Latest allegation of ignoring sexual misconduct is 'ridiculous' Trump's schedule shows open morning when impeachment hearings begin Overnight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings MORE’s revamped NAFTA deal.

Pelosi updated Trudeau on the discussions between the U.S. Trade Representative and the USMCA working group, a contingent of House Democrats tasked with addressing the party’s concerns with the plan. The apprehensions primarily focus on the deal’s labor provisions and environmental protections, among other issues.

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“Speaker Pelosi gave PM Trudeau an update on the progress of the USMCA Working Group’s discussions with the USTR during August, reiterating Democrats key concerns of labor standards, prescription drug prices, environmental protections and concrete enforcement mechanisms,” a Pelosi spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.

“The Speaker emphasized that Democrats are especially concerned with enforcement of the Agreement and Mexico continuing to implement labor standards and other key commitments,” the spokesperson added. “PM Trudeau and the Speaker agreed to stay in touch as progress continues.”

Trudeau tweeted that he was “looking forward to our continued work on this” and that the deal would “support good, middle class jobs and create opportunities for people on both sides of the border.”

The conversation comes less than a week before Congress reconvenes from its August recess, when the trade deal is expected to be hotly debated.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters last month that there is no “deadline” for a vote on the USMCA but acknowledged that reaching an agreement could prove difficult as the 2020 election looms closer.

“The closer we get to the next election, the harder it is. Speaker Pelosi and I are united ... and we believe that you need strong and enforceable labor protections in this bill, as well as environmental protections,” he said. “If that doesn't happen, there won't be a bill, plain and simple.”