One day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Before Wednesday's impeachment vote, a handful of House members considered "withholding the articles" from the Senate in the wake of increasing talk from Senate Republicans of acquitting Trump in a trial.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday that a new North American trade deal will start a new phase of investment and growth for Mexico, ending a period of uncertainty. "The president is impeached".
"So far we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us", Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters after the House impeached Trump.
By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that puts in place terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement on a voice vote on Tuesday, indicating broad support.
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The original NAFTA phased out almost all tariffs on goods produced and traded within North America.
The International Trade Commission projected in April that the USMCA would boost the economy by $68 billion and add 176,000 jobs six years after taking effect.
Some of the biggest impacts would be felt in the US automotive industry.
The changes negotiated by Democrats, which include tighter environmental rules, will also set up a mechanism to quickly investigate labor rights abuses at Mexican factories.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made a concession by dropping a requirement for 10 years of data exclusivity for biologic drugs, a provision that Democrats feared would keep drug prices high and that they called a "giveaway" to big drugmakers. Dingell said in television interviews that she would back the bill, even though she was skeptical it would bring auto jobs back to MI.
"House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing USA trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses", said Lighthizer.
"We will have a largely partisan outcome", he added, referring to the trial. When we see what they have, we will know who and how many we will send over.
"This is certainly one of those times when the letter to Santa Claus actually got answered", Kelly said.