Congress Steps Up

Center for Strategic and International Studies - 01-15

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Last week I talked about the president's trade tactics and his thus far less than successful dealmaking. This week it is time to discuss Congress, both because the new year has brought new leadership to the House, and because at some point this year the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) implementing bill is likely to show up at its door, which will force them to take some kind of action. Since the last major trade vote was in 2015 (on trade promotion authority), and since the Democrats have not controlled either house of Congress since 2010, a lot of things have changed, and both parties will have to reestablish their positions on trade. That will be more difficult for both of them than you might think. Let's start with the easier one.