1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker:
"This is a day we've all been working to, and working for, n the path to yes. We were in range for a while, but until we could cross a certain threshold of enforcement for our workers rights, for environment and for the prescription drug issue. As you know, there were three of the areas that we had put out there."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker:
"There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA. But in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Richard Neal, (D) Massachusetts, Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee:
"But this is more than a triumph for organized labor, it's a triumph for workers everywhere across America. In terms of the working group members, I want to say that they strengthened the labor standards. They strengthen the environmental chapters, they enhance the verification mechanisms for environmental trade. With the unflinching leadership of the Speaker, we also secured important changes in USMCA to preserve Congress's ability to change U.S. law to address the crisis we are facing with respect to high prescription drug prices."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Richard Neal, (D) Massachusetts, Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee:
"These were intense, argumentative, angry negotiations. I mean, this got really hot on a number of occasions. I think we set a world record for hanging up on each other, myself and the trade rep. And but at the same time, we also knew that this was an opportunity that we couldn't let get away from us."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.
Pelosi said it was a “victory for America’s workers.”
Just before she announced her support, Trump said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will “be great" for the United States.
“It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody - Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions - tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!,” the president said in a tweet.
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