It has been a full year since President Donald Trump signed the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA) on Nov. 30, 2018, but it remains waiting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk collecting dust, and voters are a lot less confident that Congress will pass it soon.
The Trump re-election campaign on Saturday, Nov. 30, questioned why Pelosi has not put up the USMCA for a vote and helped U.S. workers, though it is now at its anniversary.
“One year ago today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA with Canada and Mexico. It now sits on Nancy Pelosi’s desk collecting dust!” the campaign tweeted. “Why won’t @SpeakerPelosi pass the USMCA and help America’s workers?”
It now sits on Nancy Pelosi’s desk collecting dust!
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 30, 2019
After signing the agreement with Mexico and Canada’s leaders one year ago, President Trump declared the USMCA is one of the most important and largest trade deals in U.S. and world history.
The USMCA promises to encourage investment in U.S. factories and jobs, as well as the implementation of new dispute resolution commitments and new rules for automotive-sector, wages, labor standards, exchange rates, and for digital businesses in North America.
According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the deal, if passed, will support mutually beneficial trade leading to more liberty for markets, fairer trade, and strong economic growth in North America.
However, Pelosi is perhaps putting politics above policies and hold U.S. workers as hostage with her delays in scheduling a vote on the USMCA.
Though Pelosi has to do her job, a survey from Rasmussen Reports earlier this week shows that voters are less hopeful that the House of Representatives will approve the trade deal.
According to the survey, conducted on Nov. 20-21, 39% of Likely U.S. Voters continue to believe the new agreement will be better for the United States than its old version, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Twenty-five percent think the new deal will be worse for the United States, 20% expect its impact to be about the same, and 17% are not sure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Saturday also criticized the House Democrats for stalling the important trade agreement. He urged the House speaker, “This is a win for America. Let’s get it done.”