The House on Thursday backed a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada in a 385-41 vote, giving President Trump a big bipartisan victory and sending the NAFTA replacement to the Senate for consideration early in 2020.
Democrats, who control the House, approved the United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement, or USMCA, more than a year after President Trump secured the deal with our neighbors to the south and north.
Voting against the measure were 38 Democrats, two Republicans and one independent.
The USMCA easily passed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues won concessions from an administration anxious to pass the trade deal before the 2020 elections.
The agreement is projected to have only a modest impact on the economy — but gives lawmakers from both parties the chance to support an agreement sought by farmers, ranchers and business owners eager to move past the months of trade tensions that have complicated spending and hiring decisions.
Trump made tearing up NAFTA a hallmark of his presidential run in 2016 as he tried to win over working-class voters in states such as Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.