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Mexico Urges Congress to Ratify USMCA

Vows to implement labor rights, higher wages

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation in Mexico on Tuesday. Ahead of the meeting, he urged lawmakers to speed up the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that replaces NAFTA.

In consideration, he vowed to implement union freedoms, higher wages, and other labor rights in Mexico.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal have expressed skepticism and a lack of confidence in the enforcement of labor reforms passed earlier this year by the Lopez Obrador government.

At a news conference, Mexico’s president said, “They want to know if the labor law will be implemented. Of course, we will comply with enforcing this law. The form is so that…workers can freely choose their representatives, and so there is union democracy and better wages for workers.”

Mexico’s congress has approved the new trade agreement. It still needs ratification from Canadian lawmakers. In the U.S., a House vote could be held before Thanksgiving. Otherwise, it is in danger of getting bogged down in the 2020 election.

Sources: New York Times, Reuters
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the congressional delegation meeting with the president and other officials in Mexico.
  • For swift action by the House of Representatives and Senate to ratify the USMCA.