Mexico President urges US to move forward with USMCA

Mexico President urges US to move forward with USMCA

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Last-minute congressional action on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is still uncertain, but everyone from ag groups to Mexican leaders seem to be pushing for approval.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says ratification of the USMCA is within range; politically, the speaker faces opposition from organized labor, but support from business, including agriculture, and a strong need to show voters Democrats can still legislate

But there are less than two weeks to go before pushing USMCA to 2020. American Farm Bureau Federation Trade Adviser Dave Salmonsen says legally-allotted timeframes can be compressed or overlap sessions,

It's all up to the speaker and when she puts it up for a vote. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent her a letter Tuesday,

He says, "let us move forward with the USMCA promptly, to ensure that the electoral process in your country, with the debates and passions typical of all democracies, doesn't prevent or delay the conclusion of such an important event."

López Obrador also announced he's putting more money toward implementing labor law changes. Something that has continued to be a sticking point in moving USMCA to the finish line.

Canadian and Mexican trade officials met with the U.S. trade representative last week as well. They say there's been progress ‘across the board’ in negotiations.

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