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Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

Posted: 7:57 AM, Jan 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 12:25:20-05
Senate expected to approve USMCA trade deal in Thursday vote

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade pact that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico.

Passage of the measure gives President Donald Trump a major policy victory before senators turns their full attention to his impeachment trial. The measure goes to Trump for his signature.

It would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. It tore down most trade barriers and triggered a surge in trade.

But Trump and other critics blamed NAFTA for encouraging U.S. companies to move their manufacturing plants south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican laborers.