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Possible Delay in Senate Ratifying USMCA

01/07/2020

According to Bloomberg News the full Senate vote on the USMCA will be deferred until next week. This delay is due to the fact that the issue has now been referred to six additional committees for review.

 

In addition to the Senate Finance Committee, the accord was also referred to six other panels that will obviously delay a full Senate vote. The Committees involved are:- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Environment and Public Works; Appropriations; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Budget

 

The floor vote could be delayed further if the House sends the Senate two articles of impeachment it adopted against the President. It is possible that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will expedite the process as he has avowed that the Senate will continue with regular business until the two articles of impeachment are transmitted from the House.

 

It is unlikely that the Parliament of Canada will approve the USMCA before adoption by the U.S.