The ratification of the new T-MEC depends on the priorities in the legislative agenda of Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives of the United States.
Some representatives of the Mexican government and analysts estimate that the ratification of the new trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) will take place between May and June 2019, however, everything depends on the priorities and decisions of Nancy Pelosi, President of the House of Representatives of the United States.
The T-MEC was agreed on September 30, 2018 and signed in November, after more than a year of negotiations and pressure from the government of Donald Trump to make changes in key sectors such as the automotive industry. Currently, the ratification of the agreement by the legislative parties is expected.
“The issue is if within the legislative agenda of the United States, the leader of the Lower House wants to include the T-MEC as a priority issue for this year. If Nancy Pelosi will include the treaty or prefer to defer this discussion, understanding that there is a treaty and it is only a matter of scheduling it within several things that she wants to achieve in her legislative agenda, “explained Miguel Noyola, a Washington DC partner of Baker McKenzie, previous interview with Forbes Mexico .
For the expert, Pelosi is the key, since he has ample discretion to propose the discussion of the commercial agreement for debate before the Congress of that country and for the House of Representatives to vote yes or no. “You can present the bill quickly or stop the process until it is ready, you have an important decision,” Noyola added.
Even this Tuesday, April 2, the president of the lower house warned that the US Congress will not vote on the trade agreement until Mexico approves a labor reform.
“Unless they do this, we can not even consider it. We have to see that the legislation, that they have ordered the factors to ensure that it is implemented and that they demonstrate some commitment with respect to sincerity. It is an important issue how workers are treated in Mexico, “Pelosi said, according to media.
Previously, Jesus Seade, undersecretary for North America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), said that the T-MEC is expected to be ratified between May and June 2019, although the process could be extended longer.
“That arises (the departure before the third quarter of this year). Those who have imminent political calendars are the United States and Canada and they are getting ready to leave before half a year, “the official said.
Nancy Pelosi, a powerful policy
From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi occupied the presidency of the Chamber for the first time, becoming the first woman with that position in the history of the United States. The Speaker seeks higher salaries and infrastructure for middle class families in that country.
She has been described as the most powerful woman in that country, as well as a person with tenacity and ability, the latter according to the words of former President Barack Obama.
The California representative was born in Baltimore, where her father was mayor just like her brother. In 2013, she was included in the National Woman Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, a key to women’s rights in the United States.
The 78-year-old Democrat led the approval of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in the House of Representatives in 2009, with the goal of creating millions of jobs during the Obama administration.
In the same way, it achieved the approval of a health insurance reform in the Lower House.
Source: Forbes Mx
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