McConnell: Senate to Process USMCA This Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggests the Senate will vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement this week, pushing the trade deal ahead of an impeachment trail.

Bloomberg News said it expects a vote Thursday as the Senate committees required to sign off on the implementing legislation are doing so quickly, but a final vote has not yet been confirmed.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the agreement on a vote of 16-4 Tuesday morning. The Senate Budget Committee also approved the trade agreement Tuesday.

Up next, the bill must be approved by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, along with the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today on Wednesday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved its hearing up from Thursday to Wednesday, and the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to do the same. Once passed by each panel, the implementing legislation will move to the full Senate for approval.

The House of Representatives is expected to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week, but the trials will not likely start until next week, offering a small window of opportunity for the Senate to pass USMCA.