2020 Elections Slowing Down Progress on USMCA

The likelihood of getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement through Congress is dropping as the Democratic presidential primary heats up, and Democrats are also holding their ground on Capitol Hill. Politico says the administration was hopeful that Congress would move on the trade deal before August, but any vote now likely will have to wait until at least September.

The delay is worrisome for Republican leaders who were hoping to give President Trump a victory in a divided government and before the presidential election really heats up. Nine Democrats that serve on a “trade working group” held a meeting last week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. After the meeting, both sides said the talks are headed in a positive direction but did admit nothing had been resolved yet. The Democrat lawmakers also said they haven’t discussed any timeline for getting the deal through Congress.