In a great example of rare bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favour of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in landslide fashion. One day removed from an impeachment vote of President Donald Trump, the USMCA passed 385-41.
The trade agreement will now move to the U.S. Senate, where a favourable outcome is also expected. The vote may be delayed, however, due to impeachment hearings happening the first two weeks of January 2020.
1993 House NAFTA vote: 234-200
Today’s House USMCA vote: 385-41
— Spencer Chase (@Spencer_Chase) December 19, 2019
The original intent in Canada was for the government to ratify in sync with the U.S., but Parliament does not return until January 27th, 2020.
So far, there has been no indication if the current Liberal minority government will recall members early to hold the ratification vote. The trade deal is expected to be ratified in Canada.