More than a dozen House Democrats from key battleground states are now trying to rally support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). They held a special caucus meeting to talk through the issue. The push marks the newest sign that moderate House Democrats are getting impatient over a lack of movement toward getting the deal finally done. Some of the moderate Democrats worried about potential pushback from progressives, which they did get from Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Bill Pascrell. Schakowsky did say after the meeting that she’s confident they can reach an agreement before the end of this year. However, she cautioned those who are “anxious just to move the deal,” saying they need to make sure it gets done the right way.
Late last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a positive indication of USCMA’s fate in Congress. The California Democrat said a deal between House Democrats and the Trump Administration was “imminent.” Politico says that means an announcement could be coming within days. “I do believe if we can get this to a place it needs to be, which is imminent, this can be a template for future trade agreements,” she said. “A good template.”