USMCA Gains Support From Chamber Of Commerce

USMCA Gains Support From Chamber Of Commerce

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The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce is joining the final push to get the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement ratified by Congress. Leaders say they're optimistic that a vote in the House could come very soon.

Business leaders meeting with the U.S. Trade Ambassador Monday say USMCA is in the final stretch. State leaders say many hold-outs are simply waiting for more information from negotiators. Chamber of Commerce leaders say they will consider endorsements for lawmakers willing to lead in the fight to get USMCA passed, and that they will help defend lawmakers who are attacked for their yes vote in the coming election. Democrats received an official response on their concerns around labor and environmental provision enforcement from the U.S. Trade Representative last week, and Republican leaders and Chamber officials say talks are moving forward productively.

Despite ongoing talks, leaders expect the deal will get done soon. They say they're looking to see a vote by the end of September and a fully in place deal in the weeks following, though there is no firm commitment to that timeline by trade officials. Thomas Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, pointed to the issue of enforceability as key for Democratic hold outs, but also says there's "general comfort" that talks are "moving in the right direction”. As soon as that gets done he thinks there will be more public support, which will be key to securing a stable deal that will give American farmers and businesses the certainty they need.

Report by: Sarah Mock

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