Pelosi Statement on Progress on USMCA

November 25, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

“House Democrats have insisted that hard-working Americans need more from the USMCA than just the same broken NAFTA with better language but no real enforcement.  The original draft of the new NAFTA agreement, while promising in some regard, still left American workers exposed to losing their jobs to Mexico, included unacceptable provisions to lock in high prescription drug prices, and fell short of key environmental standards. 

“Above all, the NAFTA 2.0 draft lacked the concrete, effective enforcement mechanisms needed to ensure that the agreement became more than a list of promises on paper.

“The House Democratic Caucus is united by our values, and our priority is to make progress for America’s hard-working families.  Drawing upon the values-based experience and knowledge of our Caucus, House Democrats, led by Chairman Neal, have negotiated with Trade Representative Lighthizer on changes to the USMCA draft to address the concerns of America’s working families.

“We are within range of a substantially improved agreement for America’s workers.  Now, we need to see our progress in writing from the Trade Representative for final review.”