Mexico steps up pressure on U.S. Congress to approve trade deal

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Aerial view of cargo trucks lining up to cross to the United States near the US-Mexico border at Otay Mesa crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 4, 2019. – US President Donald Trump is expected to visit a section of the border fence in Calexico during his tour to California on Friday. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

11/25/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham and David Shepardson

Mexico’s government on Monday ramped up pressure on Democratic lawmakers to approve a new North American trade deal, urging U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to push it through Congress and rejecting demands for greater labor market oversight.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would this week send another letter to Pelosi, a Democrat, pressing for the ratification of the three-nation deal agreed last year known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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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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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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Pelosi tells Canadian PM that Democrats concerned about USMCA enforcement

pelosi09/03/19 – Reuters

By Susan Cornwell & Eric Beech

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that Democrats are especially concerned about enforcement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement and Mexico’s implementation of labor standards, a spokesman for Pelosi said.

Pelosi, who spoke “briefly” with Trudeau to give him an update on negotiations with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, reiterated to the prime minister Democrats’ “key concerns of labor standards, prescription drug prices, environmental protections and concrete enforcement mechanisms,” the spokesman said in a statement.

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Pelosi demands changes to Trump’s trade deal with Mexico, Canada

4/3/2019 – The Washington Post

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Tuesday that President Trump must reopen talks with Canada and Mexico to tighten enforcement provisions in a proposed North American trade deal, casting renewed doubt on prospects for congressional ratification of the accord.

“No enforcement, no treaty,” she said, offering some of her most pointed remarks to date on the fate of a measure that the administration has labeled its top trade priority.

Pelosi’s comments, at a Politico event in Washington, came one day after AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters that negotiators should return to the bargaining table to strengthen the enforcement provisions.

“It does suggest that the speaker is willing to take this beyond 2019,” said Dan Ujczo, a trade attorney with Dickinson Wright. “That’s going to take some time to negotiate with Mexico and Canada.”

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Immigration Reform 2013: Conservatives Convinced Boehner Ready To Sell Out After Budget Deal

International Business Times, 12/13/2013

immigration marchA budget deal brokered by House Republicans and Senate Democrats is being viewed by proponents of comprehensive immigration reform as a positive sign of things to come next year. The two-year budget deal agreed to by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is already being praised by Congressman Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a champion of immigration reform, who said it will take leaders’ commitment and willingness to compromise to pass an immigration bill.

The two budget leaders went to a conference in October to find common ground. Gutierrez believes that in similar fashion, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should appoint a team to spearhead the 2013 immigration reform effort. With fiscal crises such as a government shutdown off their hands for the next two years, Gutierrez said the way is clear for lawmakers to focus on other issues like the economy, immigration reform and gun violence.

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Pelosi: Votes are there to pass immigration reform

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The Washington Times, 10/29/2013

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday  there  is a bipartisan majority in the House  of Representatives ready to pass a  comprehensive immigration overhaul  bill, but she may never get the  chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t bring a  vote in the Republican-lead House.

“With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path  to  citizenship, we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to  pass a  bill,” she wrote on Facebook. “It’s just a  question whether Speaker Boehner can  muster the will to schedule a vote.”

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House Democrats Unveil Immigration Measure

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Al Jazeera, 10/03/2013

Hoping to revive the stalled debate over immigration reform, Democrats in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives unveiled a bill Wednesday that would overhaul U.S. immigration laws by tightening border security and providing a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Amid the grips of a government shutdown, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and more than a dozen other Democrats announced the measure at a news conference on Capitol Hill, saying their Republican colleagues should put a comprehensive immigration bill up for vote before the end of the year.

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Immigration reform is on life support, but it isn’t dead yet

The Washington Post, 9/25/2013

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Yes, the House “gang of seven” plan fell apart. Yes, Nancy Pelosi’s plan to introduce a version of the Senate bill in the House probably won’t get any significant House GOP support. But proponents and opponents alike are now focused on the fact that GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte — a key player as chair of the Judiciary Committee — has now said he intends to move proposals forward this fall, while John Boehner has reportedly said the issue remains on the GOP agenda. Goodlatte has long said he could support legalization for the 11 million with no “special pathway to citizenship,” plus citizenship for the DREAMers. But can Dems and immigration reform advocates accept such an outcome?

There are scenarios under which they actually could. There is a roadmap which rarely gets discussed publicly, but it looks something like this:

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