A provision allowing Mexican workers to file complaints about working conditions that could lead to U.S. sanctions was adopted at the request of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a leading trade agent who announced his support for the USMCA after resisting all previous free trade agreements. The new agreement has a number of modest advantages over the previous pact. “Now that the USMCA has been approved by all three countries, a new historical chapter has been opened for North American trade. This pioneering achievement would not be possible without President Trump`s leadership and determination to strengthen our economy and the hard work of our negotiating partners in Canada and Mexico. The USMCA is the gold standard that will judge all future trade agreements, and citizens of all three countries will benefit from them for years to come. On the way to the 2020 presidential campaign, Democratic hopefuls have expressed some differences over the new pact. During Tuesday night`s debate, Sanders stressed that “we could do much better than a Trump-led trade deal.” The support of a number of leading working-class voices, including the first support of the A.A. F.L.-C.I.O. for an 18-year trade deal, has helped build support from Democrats such as Brown, Wyden and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential candidate. “The Trump administration also included prospectuses for the oil and gas industry, such as the lifting of tariffs on the oil sands, and refused to include the climate crisis in the agreement,” Schumer said. Some senators have argued for the benefits of the new agreement for their own constituents, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who called it “a great victory for Kentucky and the 50 states.” And while tensions between Washington and Beijing have cooled after nearly two years of trade escalation, few details about the second phase of a U.S.-China trade deal – though many U.S.
sectors and businesses say they are still subject to tariffs that persist. On August 27, 2018, the United States and Mexico reached an interim agreement in principle, subject to completion and implementation. On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States agreed with Mexico on a new, modernized agreement. “There is no doubt that this trade agreement is much better than Nafta, but… It is infinitely better than what was originally proposed by the administration,” Pelosi said. “One of the major challenges of assessing NAFTA is to separate the effects of the agreement from other factors.