Mexico’s Senate votes in favor of Trump-backed deal to replace NAFTA: Report

A big victory on the foreign affairs front came for the Trump administration last week.

According to The New York Times, Mexico’s Senate has voted in favor of a recently adapted version of the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement, also known as USMCA, designed to replace the often-criticized-by-Trump North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

After negotiations over slight changes to the deal took place earlier in the week, Mexico put the updated document before its Senate on Thursday. According to Times, that body approved the changes by a wide margin of 107 to 1.

Making a deal

According to the Hartford Courant, the USMCA was renegotiated after U.S. Democrats, among others, expressed issues with the deal.

One of the things that Dems were looking to address was the problem of Mexico’s corrupt labor unions. In years past, these unions would sign low-wage contracts behind the backs of the workers that they represented, according to the Courant.

This is believed to be one of the major reasons why manufacturing jobs, particularly in the automotive industry, moved south of the border.

But the new USMCA addresses this problem. It allows for dispute resolution panels that will allow the workers to organize and to demand better wages.

In addition, Mexico has made changes to its labor laws so that votes for union representatives and contracts will be done by secret balloting. The new panels agreed to in the USMCA are partly tasked with making sure that new Mexican laws, like this one, are enforced.

Another USMCA change increases the regional content requirement for steel. Here, there is a seven-year phase-in period.

Looking forward

This was one of the measures that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democrats ignored for over a year, instead deciding to focus their efforts on ousting a duly elected president. But now, finally, the measure is going to be put before the House, according to CNBC, and we should have some good news thanks to Democrats putting impeachment off to the side for a brief moment.

The new USMCA is expected to create around 200,000 new jobs — 75,000 new automotive jobs alone — and it is also expected to help out American dairy, poultry, and wheat farmers, according to Fox News.

It’s an all-around win for the Trump administration — and for America.

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