Democrats are not happy with the timeline on the passage of the USMCA after House Dems agreed to pass the legislation with President Trump.
According to Town Hall:
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she finally reached a deal with the White House over the United States—Mexico—Canada Trade Agreement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would wait until after the impeachment trail against President Trump is over before bringing the bill up for a vote.
“We will not be doing USMCA in the Senate between now and next week,” McConnell said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “That will happen… right after the [impeachment] trial is finished in the Senate.”
Fox News reached out to McConnell’s office for comment and was told that the Majority Leader does not view his decision as a delay. His office referred Fox News to the rules under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which state that the Senate can take up to 30 days to consider the House bill.
“The Senate Finance Committee must report the bill no later than 15 session days after the House passes the bill,” the Senate Republican Policy Committee website states. “If the Finance Committee fails to report the bill, it is automatically placed on the Senate calendar for a vote. The full Senate vote must take place within 15 session days after report or discharge to the floor.” (Fox News)
Democrats remain upset that after a year-long delay McConnell decided to delay the vote by days.