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 PelosiPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrudeau says he cannot be 'definitive' that there are not more blackface photos Democratic lawmaker: Trudeau blackface photos 'disgusting' Video resurfaces of Trudeau in third blackface incident MORE spoke Tuesday to discuss progress on negotiations over the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall 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.”