House approves USMCA trade deal

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 19th, 2019 5:14 pm

Last Updated Dec 19th, 2019 at 8:50 pm

The House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday, one of President Trump's economic and political priorities. The deal now heads to the Senate, which is expected to ratify it next year with bipartisan support.

The USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The new trade deal includes stronger provisions for the enforcement of labor and environmental standards, including the ability for U.S. custom workers to block goods if they were produced in violation of the rules. The deal also includes better access for U.S. farmers to Canada's agricultural industry, a new chapter on e-commerce, and a mandate that at least 40 percent of vehicle production be completed by workers earning $16 per hour or more. It also requires a higher percentage of automotive parts to be made in North America.

The deal was passed 385 to 41.


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