House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed that House Democrats are on “a path to yes” on President Donald Trump’s replacement U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), but her stalling has led to conservatives questioning her true motives behind delaying a vote on the resolution.
President Trump signed the agreement on Nov. 30, 2018, since when it has been ripe for the Democratic majority to cast their votes.
Is the passage of the bill so difficult?
Not in Pelosi’s book, as she admitted that it was “the easiest trade deal we’ve ever done.”
BizPacReview contributor Stephen Moore detailed in an analysis that Pelosi’s stalling strategy goes beyond hurting the president—it hurts American economy in recoil, too.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if for one brief shining moment in Washington, Congress put good policy over—and passed a bill that would benefit American workers, investors, and businesses?” Moore pondered.
But the modernized trilateral trade deal that would provide thousands of new jobs and give U.S. duty-free access to Mexican and Canadian markets could not pass due to the “endless parade of stall tactics by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
“She is blockading a vote of the 435 members of the House of Representatives,” Moore wrote, noting that the stalling would provide enough votes of “yay” for the bill to be passed on to the Senate, where it would then be approved by a wide margin.
“The whispering campaign on Capitol Hill is that Pelosi is worried about giving Donald Trump a ‘win,’ so she’s inventing flimsy excuses for endlessly delaying a vote,” Moore pointed out.
Hot Air contributor Ed Morrissey speculated that Pelosi is doing more than just bluffing with the “path to yes” statement.
“If it’s that easy, why haven’t they finished it up? And why can’t they get it done ‘sooner’?” Morrissey questioned. “Could it be that Pelosi and her majority caucus have been distracted all year long pursuing another goal—one in particular, perhaps?”
Morrissey pointed out that the timing of the USMCA approval is crucial to Democrats in the 2020 election, and its passage would indicate a “major policy win for Trump,” something that Democrats greatly fear, especially during their most vulnerable time—in the middle of the Democratic Party presidential primaries.
“The clear message from this admission is that House Democrats’ obsession with impeaching Trump has basically wasted a year’s worth of potential work,” Morrissey explained.
Morrissey noted that the two biggest trading partners to the United States, Canada and Mexico, have been waiting for the United States to enact the deal. Stalling, meanwhile, has put a cap on economic growth, and Pelosi’s intention to “conduct a partisan vendetta” has cost the “welfare of voters.”
“[Canada and Mexico] are waiting for the U.S. to commit to this agreement, and in the meantime the stalling creates uncertainties for businesses and investors that limit economic growth. We’re going on a year now without even getting a mark-up.”
The USMCA, described by President Trump as “probably the largest trade deal ever made,” if passed, will support mutually beneficial trade leading to more liberty for markets, fairer trade, and strong economic growth in North America, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.