FILE PHOTO: US Flags The US, Canada and Mexico fly side by side in Detroit, Michigan, USA. UU. August 29, 2018. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate UU. Approved on Thursday a renewal of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes stricter rules on labor and automotive content, but leaves $ 1.2 trillion in annual trade flows between the United States, Mexico and Canada
The legislation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was approved by a bipartisan vote 89-10, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for signature.
The US House of Representatives UU., Where Democrats have the majority, passed legislation on December 19 after insisting on changes to improve the application of new labor rights.
Canada still needs to approve the trade agreement before it can enter into force and replace the 26-year North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of thousands of jobs in US factories in Mexico, with low wages.
The Canadian parliament does not return to the session until January 27, so the scheduling of a vote there is not clear. But the USMCA is expected to see little resistance in Canada, as conservatives have said they would back the deal previously negotiated by the government dominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Today the Senate will send this historic agreement to the president’s desk. A great bipartisan victory, ”said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, in statements in the Senate room.
The vote comes one day after Trump signed a Phase 1 trade agreement with China, and shortly before the Senate formally began Trump’s political trial on charges of abuse of his power.
Written by David Lawder; additional reports by Andrea Shalal; Edition of Alistair Bell and Rosalba O’Brien