(WASHINGTON) — In a vote of 89-10, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American trade agreement (USMCA) that replaces NAFTA governing trade with Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The impetus for a North American free-trade zone began with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who made the idea part of his 1980 presidential campaign. After the signing of Canada–the United States Free Trade Agreement in 1988, the administrations of U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney agreed to negotiate what became NAFTA. Wikipedia
The Senate passed the USMCA just one day after President Trump signed a new trade deal with China and months after the House of Representatives approved it.
The Republicans and President Trump often complained about how long the negotiation process took to complete the basic framework of USMCA. They were not prepared for the formidable negotiating skills of Minister Freeland. Today marked a welcomed albeit short victory for the GOP and impeached president who will face a juror of his peers within a week.