Speaker Pelosi refuses to allow NAFTA replacement to come to House floor

Congressman Daniel Webster

More than a year has now passed since President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated NAFTA. While it is not perfect, it contains many significant wins for American ranchers, businesses and workers. Unfortunately, Democrat Leaders in Congress have chosen to play politics all year instead of standing with hardworking Americans who would benefit from this new trade agreement with two of our largest trading partners.

Speaker Pelosi controls when USMCA comes to the floor of the House for debate and a vote.

To date, she has refused to schedule floor time for the trade deal, despite widespread knowledge that it would easily pass with strong, bipartisan support. In fact, last week Speaker Pelosi said that she does anticipate allowing debate or a vote before the end of the year.

This is troubling but comes as little surprise given the single focus of House Democrats’ impeachment obsession.

American workers and small business owners deserve better, we should pass USMCA before the end of this year.

Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.