Mexico resists U.S. demands on trade deal, wants Senate to back tweaks

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12/03/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham

Mexico’s president on Tuesday pushed back against U.S. efforts to subject his country’s labor market to external oversight under a new North American trade deal, and said the Mexican Senate should be consulted before new changes are signed off.

Mexico approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) earlier this year, but U.S. ratification has been held up by Democratic lawmakers seeking to have stricter enforcement of new Mexican labor rules enshrined in the deal.

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U.S. House Speaker seeks to pass Mexico, Canada trade pact this year

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11/14/19 – Reuters

By Richard Cowan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said a breakthrough in talks with the Trump administration on the trade pact with Mexico and Canada could be imminent and that she wanted to pass the deal by the end of the year.

“We are moving positively in terms of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. Again, it all comes down to … enforcement,” she told reporters at a news conference “I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this can be a template for future trade agreements.”

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Mexico says timetable slipped slightly for U.S. to ratify trade deal

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10/31/19 – Reuters

By Frank Jack Daniel

The timetable towards ratification of a new North American trade deal has slipped slightly but the pact could still pass the U.S. Congress by year end, a senior Mexican trade official said on Thursday.

Speaking in Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister for North America Jesus Seade said his predicted timeline had “extended a little” for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to agree on what changes they would like to see to the agreement.

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Pelosi: U.S. House close to approving trade deal with Mexico, Canada

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10/31/19 – Reuters

By Patricia Zengerle and Makini Brice, Lisa Lambert

The U.S. House of Representatives is still working toward approving a trade agreement President Donald Trump worked out with Canada and Mexico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

The House is on a “path to yes”, Pelosi said about ratifying the agreement, which was signed nearly a year ago, adding that her chamber’s inquiry into whether Trump should be impeached has “nothing to do” with its work on the agreement.

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Pelosi: USMCA is moving ahead

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09/26/19 – FOX Business

By Suzanne O’Halloran

Despite being dealt with an impeachment inquiry, President Trump has had a successful week on the trade front and it may get even better for Canada and Mexico.

“We’re moving ahead on USMCA hoping to be on a path, a continuing path to ‘yes,’” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while speaking to reporters on Thursday.

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House asks court to block Trump’s border wall before it starts next month

4/24/2019 – CNN

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The House of Representatives filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal court to block the construction of President Donald Trump’s signature border wall through funds identified in his emergency declaration before it starts next month.

“Absent this Court’s timely intervention, defendants are poised to begin construction on the border wall next month, using funds that Congress declined to appropriate for that purpose,” the filing reads. “This Court should, therefore, issue a preliminary injunction to prevent that irreparable injury to the House.”

The Democrat-led House sued earlier this month, arguing that Trump’s decision to transfer funds from appropriated accounts to a southern border wall violates the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution. The clause — found in Article I, Section 8 — gives Congress power over the designation of federal spending.

House passes $694 million border bill

08/02/14 CNN

Capitol Cherry BlossomsIn a late-night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223-189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

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House Democrats need 27 signatures to force vote on comprehensive immigration reform bill

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House Democrats are renewing their push for a vote on a proposed comprehensive immigration reform package, vowing Tuesday to refocus efforts on pressuring Republicans to sign onto a discharge petition that would force a vote on the legislation.

The immigration reform push is the third recent attempt by Republicans to leverage a discharge petition — a procedural tactic that allows the majority of House members to supersede the will of the House leadership and bring a bill to the floor — in an attempt to force a vote on a piece of legislation that they support.

House Democrats say they currently have 191 signatures — all Democrats — on the petition, and that they will recommit to pressure Republican lawmakers who have said previously that they would support comprehensive immigration reform. The petition must get 218 signatures to force a vote on the legislation.

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Republicans eye immigration reform after budget deal exposes party rift

The Guardian, 12/13/2013

Photo by J Scott Applewhite (AP)Immigration reform has emerged as the next Republican battleground after a high-profile split between party leaders and the Tea Party over budget compromise led to growing expectation of a similar bipartisan deal to legalise America’s 11 million undocumented migrants.

House speaker John Boehner signalled a major break from right-wing conservatives on Thursday when he accused activist groups of losing “all credibility” by opposing his efforts to reach a deal with Democrats over the $1tn federal budget. Heritage Action, a group behind many Tea Party Republicans, issued a testy response on Friday, claiming Boehner was trying to clear the way for immigration reform next year by severing his links with opponents on the right of the party.

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Schumer: Immigration reform still possible this year

The Washington Times, 11/15/2013

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Thursday that he’d bet “quite a bit” that comprehensive immigration reforming will pass Congress and that he wouldn’t rule out something happening by the end of the year.

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