House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to claim credit for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal in the Senate, saying the Democrats have helped rewrite the Trump administration’s draft into the strongest enforcement mechanisms of any U.S. trade agreement.
“Today, the Senate passed a #USMCA that has been transformed by Democrats’ leadership,” Pelosi tweeted on Thursday, Jan. 16.
Pelosi’s tweet came after the Senate approved the $1.3-trillion USMCA implementation legislation by an overwhelming vote of 89 to 10.
In a statement attached to the tweet, Pelosi said, “The original USMCA draft put forward by the Trump administration left American workers exposed to losing their jobs to Mexico, included unacceptable provisions to lock in high prescription drug prices and fell short of key environmental standards.”
“Above all, the Trump administration had failed to secure the concrete, rigorous enforcement mechanisms essential to hold our trade partners accountable to their promises,” she claimed.
Pelosi said the Senate followed the House in passing USMCA after the Trump administration—proposed flimsy enforcement “has been rewritten by Democrats into the strongest enforcement mechanisms of any U.S. trade agreement.”
“While the passage of the USMCA with Democrats’ improvements is good news for the American people, President Trump’s failed China trade strategy has inflicted deep, long-term damage to American agriculture and rattled our economy in exchange for more of the promises that Beijing has been breaking for years,” Pelosi said.
The House speaker then called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow votes on House-passed bills to raise the minimum wage, lower prescription drug prices, and many more key pieces of legislation to strengthen the health and financial security of the American people.
In his remarks after the Senate passage, McConnell highlighted the trade deal as a “tremendous bipartisan legislative accomplishment for the American people.”
“Now this landmark deal, which experts estimate will add tens of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and create 176,000 new jobs, is on its way to the White House to be signed into law by the President,” he said.
“This was a major priority for farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, small businesses, and working families across the entire country. Today, the Senate got it done,” McConnell added.