2020 Democrats divided over Trump-Pelosi trade deal
Democratic candidates running for president were split on supporting the updated North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) during Thursday night’s debate.
“This is a modest improvement over what we have right now,” said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), whose opposition to trade deals were a hallmark of his 2016 run for the Democratic nomination.
“It is not going to stop outsourcing, it is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico, where workers make $2 an hour,” he added. The deal does require increased Mexican wages in certain sectors.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) said the deal was a significant improvement over both the existing NAFTA and the original version of the deal Trump negotiated last year.
“I believe that we have a change with this agreement,” she said, noting that it had the support of trade skeptics such as Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D), who had not voted for previous trade deals.
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Most of the customers for American goods, she said, were outside the country, and newly negotiated enforceability mechanisms on labor and environmental measures, plus changes on pharmaceutical policy, had made the deal worthwhile.
“I would not have voted for the agreement that President Trump put forward,” she said.
The House overwhelmingly passed the update trade deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, just hours before the debate, 385-41. The Senate is expected to approve it in January.