An Hour After Impeachment Presser, Pelosi Announces USMCA Deal Reached with White House

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Posted: Dec 10, 2019 11:18 AM
An Hour After Impeachment Presser, Pelosi Announces USMCA Deal Reached with White House

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

About an hour after she helped her colleagues reveal their articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she had reached a deal with the administration on USMCA, the trade deal with Mexico and Canada. Along with Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), the leader of the House Ways and Means Committee, Pelosi heralded the deal as a win "for workers everywhere across America."

The USMCA revamps the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was enforced in 1994. The new trade pact will require 75 percent of automobile components be manufactured in the U.S., Canada and Mexico in order to avoid tariffs and 40 to 45 percent of automobile parts must be made by workers who earn at least $16 an hour by 2023. 

Pelosi said she expects a vote on it next week.

While Republicans appreciate the Democrats' sudden support, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel suggested that no one is fooled by Pelosi's change of heart.

President Trump had also previously criticized Pelosi for holding up USMCA with her focus on impeachment. But he applauded this morning's development.

He then tweeted about the Democrats' "witch hunt."

Pelosi denied the charge that impeachment got in the way of USMCA, arguing that "none" of them were "important enough" to hold up such an important deal.

Addressing their suspicious USMCA schedule, Rep. Neal simply said, "you can’t control the timing."