Although Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lépez Obrador pushed back factory inspections, the Mexican trade delegation eventually yielded to U.S. demands. Pelosi and other Democrats said the agreement contained stricter labor, enforcement and drug provisions they were seeking as conditions for the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement in Congress. Democrats who control the House of Representatives also insisted on changes to strengthen labor and environmental enforcement and provide greater flexibility in drug pricing. Among the amendments made by Democrats to the agreement are a number of provisions on enforcement and accountability, including the creation of attachés in Mexico City to regularly monitor environmental laws, regulations and practices. Pelosi called the agreement ”infinitely better” than the agreement the Trump administration proposed to Congress. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also welcomed the agreement. ”We are optimistic that this development will open the door to final multi-party approval of the USMCA by the end of the year, which will primarily benefit U.S. farmers, producers and small businesses,” said Thomas Donohue, CEO of the Chamber. Seade, who also met Withhizer earlier in the day with Freeland by phone, said the discussions appear to be in the final stages to get approval There has not been a word on the schedule for further trilateral meetings, but Seade said he would travel to Ottawa on Friday to meet with ”a more detailed working meeting” with Freeland. In addition to the labor rules, Democrats said they had secured the abolition of a 10-year exclusive data period for the agreement`s biologic drugs, which they feared would lead to higher drug prices in the United States.
That seemed to put him in conflict with Trump`s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, who said the White House would ”impose hard” to pass the transposition law before the end of the year. Pelosi spokesman Henry Connelly said McConnell had ”no excuse” for not speaking to the USMCA and referred to the early approval of previous trade pacts. Key trade negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada met Wednesday to finally final a regional free trade agreement that can be passed by the U.S. Congress. House Democrats and U.S. workers supported the USMCA after insisting that conditions be better for workers. House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference that the amended agreement was ”infinitely better than what was originally proposed by the government.” Democratic lawmakers are calling for stricter enforcement of labour standards in the agreement formerly known as NAFTA. But for millions of Mexican workers, the signing of the USMCA agreement will have received a shrugging response. The Mexican press has argued that the USMCA is essentially dressed in different languages and that many are either indifferent or uncertain as to what the new agreement will mean to them. You will have to see, when it comes into force next year, whether it will have a significant impact on their jobs, either for better or for worse. According to the government`s plans, senior trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada will meet for an afternoon ceremony in Mexico City.