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Donald Trump, House Democrats announce deal on USMCA

WASHINGTON – House Democrats and President Donald Trump struck an agreement to revise a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, delivering a win for the president on a top legislative priority.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. announced the agreement at a news conference Tuesday morning, calling the revised trade pact “a victory for America’s workers.” She did not say when the House would vote on the agreement but suggested it could happen before the end of the year.

Top trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada are to meet in Mexico City for an afternoon ceremony, according to government schedules.

Pelosi and other Democrats said the agreement includes stronger provisions on labor, enforcement and pharmaceuticals that they sought as conditions for putting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, to a vote in Congress.

Pelosi described the deal as “infinitely better” than the agreement the Trump administration proposed to Congress.

President Donald Trump announces the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Oct. 1, 2018.

The Trump administration has been pushing Congress to ratify the trade agreement before the end of the year. The revisions could clear the way for congressional approval of the deal even as House Democrats prepare impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Shortly before Pelosi’s news conference, Trump took to Twitter and said the deal had “very good Democrat support.”

 “That would be great for our Country!” he wrote.

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