Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

May 30, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Administration sent a draft statement of administrative action on USMCA to Congress:

“The Trump Administration’s decision to send Congress a draft statement of administrative action before we have finished working with U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer to ensure the USMCA benefits American workers and farmers is not a positive step.  It indicates a lack of knowledge on the part of the Administration on the policy and process to pass a trade agreement.

“Democrats have continued to work productively and with great respect for Ambassador Lighthizer around the priorities of labor standards to defend the jobs and wages of American workers, lower prescription drug costs and meaningful environmental protections.  We must have strong enforcement provisions within the agreement.

“We all agree that we must replace NAFTA, but without real enforcement mechanisms we would be locking American workers into another bad deal.  A new trade agreement without enforcement is not progress for the American worker, just a press release for the President.

“We have been on a path to yes, but it must be a path that leads to an agreement that delivers positive results for American workers and farmers.”