Senate approves new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico

The document is sent for signature to President Trump.

The US Senate, as expected, on Thursday approved a new free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico (USMCA). 89 senators voted “for” and 10 voted “against.”

Now the document is sent for signature to President Trump.

The new agreement will replace the North American free-trade agreement (NAFTA), which has been in effect for 25 years.

The agreement provides for new rules in the field of car manufacturing, e-Commerce, and labor legislation.

In December, the House of Representatives ratified the agreement, where representatives of both parties supported it after Democrats secured amendments in the areas of compliance with the terms of the agreement, environmental protection, pharmaceuticals and workers’ rights.

In the Senate, consideration of the agreement was long delayed due to political disputes over the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The agreement will not be fully implemented until Canada ratifies it. The Canadian House of Commons is expected to vote on the issue later in January.

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