One Year After USMCA Was Signed, McConnell & Co. Crank Up The Pressure On House Dems: “Let’s Get It Done”

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One year ago, President Trump, former President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the replacement to NAFTA. The new deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), was signed between the nations on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Argentina.

“This has been a battle, and battles sometimes make great friendships,” President Trump expressed.

After the deal was signed last year, President Trump announced on Twitter: “Just signed one of the most important, and largest, Trade Deals in U.S. and World History. The United States, Mexico and Canada worked so well together in crafting this great document. The terrible NAFTA will soon be gone. The USMCA will be fantastic for all!”

However, Congress has failed to act on USMCA, specifically House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The North America Free Trade Agreement is over 25 years old and it’s ready to be updated.

The USMCA is a better fit for our current economy, while further strengthening the trilateral clout of these three nations, and solidifies our role as the world’s largest economic partners. USMCA grows US jobs and increases US trade.

Last week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to say, “Support for Impeachment is dropping like a rock, down into the 20’s in some Polls. Dems should now get down to work and finally approve USMCA, and much more!” (Continued Below)

President Trump explains:

But, for one year, Speaker Pelosi has failed to act. For one year she has promised she was on a “path to yes” on USMCA with no results.

One year after USMCA was signed, Republicans cranked up the pressure on House Democrats to get the “deal done”.

President Trump tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi won’t put it up for a vote. Has delayed it for 6 months. See you in #2020!”

“One year ago today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA. While this Administration works FOR the American People, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress work AGAINST jobs for the American People. Our country needs the #USMCAnow!” Vice President Mike Pence proclaimed.

“Today marks 365 days since @RealDonadTrump signed the USMCA trade agreement. But House Democrats have been stalling it for months. #ImpeachmentEffect,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote.

He added, “USMCA [would create] 176 new jobs, $68.2B economic boost, increased wages. This is a win for America. Let’s get it done.”

House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted, “A year ago today, President Trump signed #USMCA with Canadian and Mexican leaders. Speaker Pelosi calls it the “easiest trade deal”, but a year later this bill—which would benefit hardworking Americans—sits in legislative purgatory. Enough partisan games—let’s pass #USMCAnow.”

House Minority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA) wrote, “@realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA trade deal—a big win for American workers—365 DAYS ago. + More jobs + Higher wages + Puts American workers first. Yet Nancy Pelosi is STILL blocking it from a vote because Dems would rather play politics. That’s unacceptable. Pass #USMCANow.”

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White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham tweeted in response to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), “Well said. There is so much work left do be done. Let’s move past this impeachment farce, follow the lead of @realDonaldTrump, & work together on behalf of the people across our great nation!”

Former White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared, “Today marks one year since @realDonaldTrump signed the USMCA trade deal, but Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have been too busy wasting time on their impeachment sham to pass it and help American businesses and workers. Do your jobs and pass #USMCANow!”

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) explained, “1 yr ago @realDonaldTrump signed the US Mexico Canada trade agreement Pres Trump wants Congress to pass USMCA & Iowans do too. USMCA will benefit agriculture+mfg +jobs etc. It’s time for House Democrats to allow a vote & we can deliver #USMCANow for the American ppl”.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted, “Next week in DC would be perfect for passing USMCA or the hugely bipartisan proposals to lower prescription drug costs. Sucking up that bandwidth to instead rip our country in half with insane articles of impeachment is an entirely wrong direction to take America.”

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) expressed, “One year ago today, @potus @realDonaldTrump signed #USMCA, but instead of passing it next week, the House will enter the next phase of the impeachment scam. Americans deserve better than the political games Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are playing.”

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Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) tweeted, “Imagine the economic growth, prosperity, opportunities & higher wages for American workers that Speaker Pelosi has cost from singlehandedly preventing #USMCA from taking effect over the last year! #EnoughIsEnough Pass #USMCANow @SpeakerPelosi!”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) said, “President Trump promised to renegotiate bad trade deals and has followed through with #USMCA. Meanwhile, @SpeakerPelosi continues to stand in the way, pushing off a vote in favor of a partisan impeachment pursuit. It’s time for Congress to put politics aside and pass #USMCAnow!”

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel declared on Friday, “Just 8 work days left on Congress’ calendar this year. Instead of attacking @realDonaldTrump, Pelosi should work across the aisle for once and vote on #USMCA. The American people want it passed!

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) told Ed Henery that Nancy Pelosi is “playing politics” with the USMCA trade agreement.

Sarah Chamberlain, at Forbes, wrote:

At a time when the US has seen unprecedented growth in jobs and the economy, Congress needs to do all it can to encourage continued growth. That’s their job.  Failure to pass USMCA could slow down growth, threaten jobs, and further incursion of cheap imported goods from countries with low wages and poor environmental records. Inaction or dancing like the smug grasshopper is not an option, while other nations are aggressively pursuing their own economic and job growth.

We must put policy above politics and no longer hold US workers hostage with delays in this agreement. It is time for Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote on the USMCA. American workers deserve a vote to protect their jobs. To get that vote, Congress has to do its job. They would do well to learn a lesson from the ant.