A new hurdle has surfaced in getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) approved as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asked President Donald Trump to abandon his push for the USMCA/NAFTA 2.0, reports Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer.
“The NAFTA treaty that Trump renegotiated with Mexico will still allow companies like General Motors to send our jobs to Mexico,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said during a rally at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. “So today, I challenge Donald Trump: For once in your life, keep your campaign promises.”
The Vermont senator urged Trump to go back to the drawing board and rework USMCA.
“Do not send this treaty to Congress unless it includes strong and swift enforcement mechanisms to raise the wages of workers and to prevent corporations from outsourcing American jobs to Mexico,” Sanders said.
Although the USMCA agreement was signed by Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in November, it still must be ratified by each country’s government.
According to the Washington Examiner, Democrats are pushing Mexico to change its labor laws before they agree to back the accord. Although Mexico is in the process of passing reforms, it is unclear if they will satisfy Democratic lawmakers.