Posts tagged with "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi"

Three cheers: USA, Canada, Mexico support new trade deal

October 2, 2018

The United States. and Canada have agreed on a deal to restore the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to its traditional structure as a trilateral bloc, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. and Canadian negotiators negotiated around-the-clock over the past weekend, September 29-30, to make a Sunday deadline that would allow the countries to sign the deal as their final act before Mexico’s outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves office at the end of November.

The new deal will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), according to a joint statement by  Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that was issued late Sunday night.

“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region. It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home,” the statement said.

According to a report by Reuters, Canada has agreed to provide U.S. dairy farmers access to about 3.5% of its $16 billion annual domestic dairy market. Although Canadian sources said its government was prepared to offer compensation, dairy farmers reacted angrily.

“We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.” Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, said in a statement.

“This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians.”

The deal also requires a higher proportion of the parts in a car to be made in areas of North America, paying at least $16 an hour, a rule aimed at shifting jobs from Mexico.

The new deal will need the approval of Congress, and it is not likely to reach a floor vote until the next session of Congress in 2019. The top Democrat in the House was not endorsing the deal just yet.

Democrats will closely scrutinize the text of the Trump Administration’s NAFTA proposal, and look forward to further analyses and conversations with stakeholders,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

With control of both the House and Senate at stake in November, it is unclear if Congress will support the deal, ABC News reported.

However, Trump was optimistic, telling reporters he thinks it will pass “easily.”

Research contact: @jendeben

Special election in Pennsylvania is too close to call

March 2, 2018

A high-profile political prognosticator has changed its projections for a House special election in Pennsylvania to favor the Democratic candidate, The Hill reported on February 27.

The Cook Political Report now says that the March 13 race for a seat in the Keystone State’s 18th District is now a “toss-up ”—with State Representative Rick Saccone (R) enjoying only a single-digit lead over Conor Lamb (D), although President Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016.

The race is “exceedingly close,” the Cook newsletter said.

According to The Hill, Lamb raised nearly three times as much as Saccone in 2017—giving him more money fo political advertising. GOP leadership has had to spend millions backing up Saccone to keep up with the 33-year-old challenger.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), House Republicans’ campaign arm, has put $2.2 million into bolstering Saccone, The Hill reported. Meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backing the GOP majority, has spent another $2.7 million.

Cook noted the ads have focused on aligning Saccone with Trump and the GOP tax cuts.

Lamb, a Democratic prosecutor, has promised to protect Social Security and Medicare from funding cuts, while staying strategically silent and moderate on hot-button issues such as abortion and fracking, and also distancing himself from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California). 

The congressional seat opened up after Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who had been staunchly anti-abortion, resigned in October 2017  following reports that he had asked his mistress to get an abortion.

Some turnout models show Saccone taking a wider lead on election day, but the Lamb campaign could surge with a high turnout from college graduates, The Hill reports.

The race has been the focus of a national spotlight, with Vice President Pence appearing at a rally for Saccone earlier this month.

Research contact: @JTDelk