U.S. House passes CUSMA

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Washington | Reuters — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday backed a new trade agreement with neighbouring Mexico and Canada in a 385-41 bipartisan vote, sending the NAFTA replacement measure to the Senate for consideration early in 2020.

Democrats, who control the House, approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA) more than a year after President Donald Trump secured the deal with Mexico and Canada.

Voting against the measure were 38 Democrats, two Republicans and one independent.

Mexico’s Senate approved the revised version of CUSMA by a 107-1 vote on Dec. 12.

Canada has said it plans to move in tandem with the U.S. on ratification, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said a ratification vote in the House of Commons may not happen until late January.

— Reporting for Reuters by Susan Heavey.

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