As Leader McCarthy penned in a joint op-ed for The Wall Street Journal with Leader McConnell earlier this week, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a bipartisan trade deal that would create new jobs, expand export markets, strengthen protections for workers, and generate billions of dollars in new prosperity for this country. It would also help keep North American partners close while the U.S. negotiates with China.
Mexico has already ratified the agreement, and Canada is waiting for us to take the lead. The Senate is willing and eager to get it passed and working for the American people. There’s only one obstacle, which has been on full display in the last several weeks: House Democrats are caught up in a manic attempt to remove from office the duly elected President of the United States, and in the process are purposely politicizing most or blatantly ignoring most other issues that matter to the American people or would progress the state of our country.
Yesterday, Leader McCarthy highlighted the Democrats’ politicization of drug prices in America. Today, Speaker Pelosi continued to ignore her duties as Speaker by claiming she and the Democrats are “on a path to yes” on the USMCA. Unfortunately, that seems to be far from the truth.
It has been one full year since the agreement was announced, so it is clear that Speaker Pelosi plans to kick this can down the road until her divisive impeachment frenzy is over — at the expense of new American jobs and prosperity.
This is just the latest example of this Democrat majority stonewalling positive, bipartisan legislative productivity for their own political gain. Even The Washington Post Editorial Board admitted that the “Democrats’ primary goal is to resist Mr. Trump” and “a trade victory could help his 2020 campaign.”
“Whatever the reason, the Democratic delaying tactics are hurting the country,” Leaders McCarthy and McConnell wrote Sunday. “If Mrs. Pelosi and House Democrats tank this trade deal because they don’t like the occupant of the White House, ‘Trump derangement syndrome’ will no longer be some Beltway curiosity. It will have drained potential prosperity from all 50 states and killed a huge number of American jobs.”