NAFTA/USMCA Ratification Politics

A story in Canada’s The Globe and Mail quotes me on the NAFTA/USMCA trade deal negotiations between Congress and President Trump. The article is behind a paywall, but here’s my cameo:

There is also the possibility that the Democrats will use it as a bargaining chip to force the administration to agree to unrelated party priorities: The Democrats are pushing for more infrastructure spending, improved health care and immigration changes.

“USMCA has a great deal of symbolic value to the Trump administration. The President will lose face if he can’t get it passed,” said Ryan Young, a trade expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute think tank. “That means House Democrats hold all the cards. They can refuse to pass USMCA out of spite, or they can offer to ratify USMCA in exchange for concessions.”


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