Tariff Removal Key to USMCA Passage

February 13, 2019 02:32 PM
USMCA faces a partisan split over enforcement 

The White House is preparing for a potential fight to get its new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal through Congress. 

“The Democrats want the administration to add provisions to last year’s pact with Canada and Mexico that will ensure Mexico enforces environmental protections and allows its workers to form unions freely,” said Jim Wiesemeyer Pro Farmer’s Washington policy analyst.

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned the Trump Administration that it needs to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico if it wants the USMCA to be approved in any of the North American countries. 

“It’s very, very important that the White House get on board with doing away with these tariffs so we can get this thing not only before the Congress of the United States but before the Mexican Senate and before the Parliament, the House of Commons in Canada,” Grassley told reporters during a weekly press call on Tuesday. 

The metals duties are the “biggest impediment” to passing the USMCA trade agreement, Grassley said.

A narrow legislative window in Canada could complicate approval, too, Grassley noted. Canadian lawmakers would need to begin the process of considering ratification by March 1 to allow time for passage before Canada’s election season kicks off. 

Many observers predict it will take several months to debate the USMCA bill, and Canada’s Parliament adjourns in June until the fall election.

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Spell Check

Eastern, NE
2/14/2019 08:50 AM

  Trump won't get rid of the tariffs on steel and aluminum. He has misguided delusions of grandeur with regard to those industries. That alone will torpedo the new NAFTA. Mexico should have to adhere to the same environmental regulations that we have to. Especially along the border. One just has to visit Mexicali, Mexico across the river from Calexico, CA to understand that. Our government spends more on Mexicali than on Calexico cleaning up their crap while Calexico suffers. Trump has a long way to go yet to get the new NAFTA approved.


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