Bustos talks USMCA

As pressure builds to get the USMCA trade deal done, Democrats are still holding out for some changes. That according to Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. She is praising trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer but says there are some aspects of the deal that Democrats want before the bill can be completed and brought to the floor. Bustos spoke of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the Illinois State Fair last month. “I asked her if she would be willing to sit down with some of our farmers to talk about the USMCA – the trade deal with Canada and Mexico,” Bustos said. “She told them there are disagreements right now on the USMCA that the trade ambassador, Lighthizer who is in the Trump Administration, is negotiating in good faith. I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I don’t care if you’re Nancy Pelosi or Mitch McConnell, all look at him as a good actor. That he’s been fair and is willing to sit down and talk with us.” Bustos said there are three disagreements in the deal that are: number one, the cost of pharmaceuticals, number two is the enforcement of the trade deal, and number three is some environmental issues. The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has said recently that a deal on USMCA is close but that her party remains adamant about what they believe needs to be part of the agreement.