After months of negotiation, the White House and House Democrats have reached a deal with new language on labor provisions in the trilateral trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico (USMCA).
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking Tuesday about a tentative agreement and new language on the verbiage during a news conference.
Jim Wiesemeyer, Farm Journal Washington correspondent, says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and presidential advisor, Jared Kushner, will travel to Mexico City today to finalize the addendum with the changes. Wiesemeyer says Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is also heading to the Mexican capital.
Sources told AgDay the verbiage still needs to be ratified by Congress. Mexico will need to vote on the new language, if not the entire deal.
“Mexico and Canada take about 40 percent of U.S. pork exports,” said Jim Monroe, a spokesperson for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “So, it’s obviously critical for them. This is very good news if it does get ratified with strong, bipartisan support. It also demonstrates to other potential trading partners that Congress and the Administration can get trade deals done.”