Democrats eyeing the presidential nomination in 2020 have mixed opinions over a newly agreed-upon trade deal – the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) – which was approved by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives during Thursday’s legislative session.
The USMCA, which encompasses more than $1.3 trillion worth of trade, is now headed to the Senate for approval. But Democratic senators in the presidential race are already divided over how they will vote.
When asked during the sixth Democratic debate in Los Angeles whether he would support the agreement, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would not. He noted that he is one of a few people that opposed the original NAFTA agreement – and he doesn’t think the new deal is much of an upgrade.
“This is a modest improvement over what we have right now,” Sanders said. “At the end of the day, in my view, it is not going to stop outsourcing, it is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico where manufacturing workers make less than $2 an hour. What we need is a trade policy that stands up for workers, that stands up for farmers…”
Sanders also criticized the deal for not acknowledging climate change.
On the flip side, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is prepared to vote in favor of the USMCA.