Senate Majority Leader Says US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Wont be Taken Up This Year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the Senate wouldnt be taking up the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal this year.

In fact, a vote on the deal, known as USMCA, likely wont happen until after the expected impeachment trial, which would take place if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump.

“We will not be doing USMCA in the Senate between now and the end of next week. That will have to come up in all likelihood after a trial is finished in the Senate,” McConnell said at a press conference as he highlighted what the body plans to do before breaking for Christmas.

“What is not possible, obviously, would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do USMCA in the Senate before we break before Christmas.”

“We all know that one of the reasons we cant do USMCA is because the House has been sitting on it now for over a year since it was negotiated,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters. “The House has been barreling hard toward impeachment. Thats been their singular focus. And as a result of that, and a consequence of that, I think other things have been left on the cutting room floor, which is unfortunate.”

The Senate was originally scheduled to adjourn on Dec. 13 but will probably stay in Washington past that time because funding for the government hasnt been approved as of yet.

McConnell criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier in the day while speaking on the Senate floor, saying USMCA “has been languishing as Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats indulge further and further in impeachment.”

Mexicos Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, left, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, second left, Mexicos President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, center, Mexicos top trade negotiator Jesus Seade, second right, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, hold the documents after signing an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Dec. 10. 2019. (Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), center, and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) with other House Democrats announcing an agreement on the USMCA trade deal on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 10, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

“176,000 new American jobs sat waiting on ice as the Speaker offered month after month of lukewarm assurances that her caucus was hoping to be, quote, on a path to yes,'” McConnell said. “This week, at long last, it appears that House Democrats may be finally willing to take action for American workers and joRead More – Source