After reading House GOP Whip Steve Scalise’s op-ed, it’s easy to decide what the House should focus on. Democrats chose faux impeachment proceedings, complete with faux due process and faux solemnity. Meanwhile, Republicans use the tools available to the minority to push for ratification of the USMCA, aka NAFTA 2.0.
Democrats’ loss of interest in legislating is particularly bad when it comes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA is the Trump administration’s replacement for the outdated NAFTA agreement, which was passed back in the 1990s, in a much different business and trade environment than the one we know now. USMCA is widely bipartisan, supported by everyone from trade groups to farmers, and could be the law of the land as soon as this year if Democrats would just put it on the House floor for a vote.
In other words, Democrats could put the bill on the House floor this week and see USMCA start creating jobs comfortably before Halloween. They’ve chosen instead to pursue history. These Democrats want to become the first group of politicians to impeach a president without evidence.
This is important:
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) — the independent, bipartisan agency charged with providing trade expertise to Congress and the President — estimated that USMCA would create 176,000 jobs and raise our GDP by $68.2 billion. Our exports to Canada would increase by $19.1 billion and our exports to Mexico would increase by $14.2 billion. Most importantly, USITC notes “the agreement would likely have a positive impact on all broad industry sectors within the U.S. economy.”
During next year’s campaign, rest assured that Republicans will ask Democrats, especially freshmen Democrats from Rust Belt and agricultural swing districts, why they didn’t push Democrat leadership to vote on pro-agriculture, pro-manufacturing treaties sooner. Those Democrats won’t have an answer during the campaign. It’s fitting that those Democrats won’t have DC jobs in January, 2021.
How often do we have the opportunity to pass a mutually-beneficial, bipartisan trade deal that will buoy all sectors of our economy? This historic, once-in-a-generation agreement is exactly the kind of legislation the American people send us to Congress to enact. We can level the playing field for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.
It’s time Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats did something productive. The next time Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats do something productive, it’ll be the first time they’ll do something productive this session.