April 11, 2019

POLITICO Quotes Jeffrey Weiss on Congressional Approval of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement

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On April 11, 2019, Jeffrey Weiss was quoted in POLITICO regarding the timing of a congressional vote to approve the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). According to the article, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's demand that the USMCA be reopened to address Democratic concerns is hobbling President Trump's chances of winning approval of the deal before the November 2020 election.

"It's becoming increasingly unlikely that the agreement is going to be implemented before the election," said Weiss, who worked at USTR in the Bush and Obama administrations. The Trump administration has resisted Pelosi's demand, "but the speaker is holding all the cards on that. If it has to be reopened … that's going to take us past the election."

It doesn't make sense politically for Pelosi to schedule a vote on the agreement this year, "when she knows that [it] is going to split her members and hand the president a win before the election on one of his priority achievements," Weiss said. It's more likely she will continue to press USTR to improve the pact and wait for a more opportune time for a vote, he added.