Nancy Pelosi holds conference on U.S., Canada, Mexico agreement | USA TODAY Nancy Pelosi holds conference on U.S., Canada, Mexico agreement | USA TODAYReal good morning, everyone, the day, we’ve all been working too and working for on the past. Yet we were in range for a while, but until we could cross a certain threshold of enforcement for our workers ride 4th largest employer drug issue. As you know, they were three of the areas of that we had put out there. I want to thank our chairman, Richie Neal, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, the eight members of the task force. I will acknowledge military, but thanking them for their leadership. In negotiating on different segments of the legislation, I also want to thank Richard Trump got. The president. He was persistent to satisfy a knowledgeable he’s, really got us to a place which is so far distant from where we started with the proposal that was given to us. There is no question, of course, but if it’s a trade agreement is much better than NAFTA, but in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially about a proposed by the administration, and I credit our chairman, Richie Neal, for helping us navigate. All of these play the unity of our caucus on specific priority in order to get the job and again, the Berlin Patrol inside knowledge of the kids comes to add to the ramifications of every a provision that was in the legislation will be handing out a memo From the way to mention of your name habit, Wichita explains why we are so proud of the distance that we have come from where we started with Administration on this budget place, it’s a victory for America’s workers. It’S one that we take Ray play. Titan Advantage. Members of the eight letters to the task force, Santa Rosa delauro has a markup in her committee. Navigation to Kelsey will be hearing from Mike Thompson of California Terri Sewell of Alabama Behind Enemy, Chia bars, and he will be hearing from getting Gomez. Now I wear my others: John Larson of Oregon. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6, hey here we are, and now it’s my honor to give my stuff to make all of this happen. If you put his work and gratitude turn speaker to participate in a it will. Never happen moment and we are witnessing today, value of Technology have a point out of round of intense finishing conversations and negotiations over the weekend that started on Saturday morning with the speaker of myself and they trade rap Robert lighthizer. We went back all of the sudden. I looked at my phone and said hello, see the father ID long. Wisdom tells me to hell with Randy. Take the call. This is a transformative agreement. It’S a chocolate, I believe for future Agreements are constant. Emphasis was on enforceability, enforceability, enforceability. We fix that and the idea of the notion that the president of the AFL-CIO, Rich trumka would be supportive of this initiative. I think, tells the story, but this is more than a Triumph America in terms of the working group members. What’S in the labor standards watch with wrestling crisis, we are faced with respect to high prescription. Drug prices will be a test.. These negotiations with the administration. I repeatedly emphasized that usmca will deserve a boat because it’s an agreement the Democrats shape. I don’t think anybody on this diet would have said two months ago that we would have been able to get as far as we did in this negotiation based upon Goodwill, but also a determination that we acknowledge the problems that existed in the past. With enforceability media of the day of the break-in August, with the working group, I said to the trade wrap the last meeting, I said nothing as fostered more District about trade in the lack of Civility and the trade rep said to me. You are absolutely right and he said I want to tell you this is, I think, I’m not speaking out of school. He said there have been people in the state department, the defense department and the Oval Office over the years. Who said? Don’T get this one upset and don’t get that one upset, because we might need them on future Geographic issues? He said our position has been that we are supportive of, and I think that the initiative that we offer is offering that we have in front of us today is indicative of a Goodwill. But some of the members on this task force and including the chairman of the subcommittee sister blumenauer. What job did these were intense argumentative, angry negotiations? I mean this guy really hot on a number of occasions and at the same time we also knew that this was an opportunity that you couldn’t let it get away from us, and we did that. So we will continue to share more details and text. The last point is a reminder that I travel to Mexico for the delegation meet Mexico right after that I travel to Canada, prime minister of Canada and the minister for trade real, and they are, I believe they were good partners in this. They conceded just about to every point. Could we ask for because of the following enforceability, enforceability enforceability show it to you. Thank you, madam speaker has been an honor to serve on the working group. The Trump Administration sent as a deeply flawed trade deal that, among other things, would have raised the price of pharmaceuticals across North America by logging in high drug prices and expanding big farmers. Farmers Monopoly word for a deal that help America’s patients, workers and all consumers. We now have a new and improved renegotiated NAFTA, the prevents big Pharma from raising the price prescription drugs across the United States, Mexico and Canada. First, we eliminate the provisions that undermined congress’s ability to change domestic policy that lead to high drug prices. Trump Administration tried to tuck into the the the it to talk in big corporate gift to Big Pharma in the usmca 10 years of Market exclusive for biologics, though we currently have for the in the United States, 12 years of exclusivity in the United States. This trade bill would have tied Congress from enacting legislation. I have a bill that would actually lower the exclusivity., But that vision is now out of the trade deal. It is gone. What an end, because of our our current prescription drug pricing crisis, many Americans actually to get lower cost drug. This would have raised the cost across the hemisphere, and this deal would have caused prices on prescription drugs in those countries to Skyrocket. On the first day of our negotiation, the US trade representative, lighthiser that the biologic exclusivity Provisions needed to be removed, and now they are gone. Protection for secondary Patton and evergreening changing a little bit of a drug in order to get a new, an extended patent and those Provisions are gone. Finally, the Trump Administration tried to prioritize brand-name drugs and include barriers to Market entry of generic drugs, and we have now revise those Provisions to ensure generic come competition and to improve access and affordability to medicines for people across North America Inc. We had an amazing staff on the on the committee and in our offices. I want to thank Congressman blumenauer. He and I were working on the pharmaceutical peace. I also want to thank organized labor, which Tonka they made that the drug Provisions would be an important part of this this Legend, so we have fixed the usmca for Americas patients, consumers throughout the hemisphere. Thank you first. Let me thank the speaker and the chairman for trusting a a redshirt freshman to be on this working group is very important State County Municipal Employees, nurses Union in California, so I’ve learned – and I understood the seriousness of any Trade Agreement when it comes to this one. We were asked to really work on the labor and the enforcement. The agreement we look at it as a three-legged stool won. The labor rules within the agreement to monitoring and three is enforcement. When it comes to the rules, if he has squishy language, then it’s hard to understand if there’s any violation of that of that agreement, so we tightened up the language to make it stronger and more forceful than to the ground. So we actually suppose progress and implemented its labor reform and complying with the rules that we laid out in writing and 3. If there’s no consequences to a violation that we’ve discovered through monitoring of those rules, then the is not worth what the Papers written on. So we traded an enhanced labor specific enforcement mechanism that will support and ensure Violet that violation of the agreement standard will have real-world consequences. These Provisions go to the eject. I thought the speaker laid out the caucus laid out at the beginning of this negotiating process. I want to make very clear that this is no longer nap the right. This is a new trade agreement that the that the working group of the Democrats achieved with consultation, of course, with our our our partners. It is something that, when you look at it, that has included that’s, never been included. Parts that we negotiated have never been included in any labor in the history of this country, and that means that we’re going to have more confidence that this is actually going to benefit. The American workers and the Cradle level Play More Level Playing Field between Mexico and the United States, and Canada think this is a a big win. This is no longer nap, like add, to the extent where we have to Mexico and Canada have to open up the agreement again and sign off on it again. But I want to just say that I learned from some of the the best staffers. We have great staff up here, but I really provided the guidance and expertise the stakeholders, the speaker, is a master Slater and I think without her chairman needle and asked German blumenauer, we will not be here today. Thank you so much you’re going to meet you years ago. Today, President Obama sign the every student succeeds act to replace No Child Left Behind with better policy, something that a lot of people said would never get done well. Here we are today and the reason it happened is because of on leadership, and when we fight hard for the American people, we can get something done, and we are here today to say thank you to speaker blow the thing to determine Neil and thank you to The work group who did work and fight for better provisions – and I can say unequivocally this – is significantly better than a new trade agreements and the workgroup to the environment. We fought hard for these Provisions. We have better rules on the environment. Importantly, we have enhanced monitoring. So we know when violations happen, and then we have strong enforcement and strong funding to make sure that those Provisions are being enforced. We incorporate several multilateral agreement, environmental agreements, we have an inter-agency committee, assess and monitor. This is going to be the best trade agreement for the environment, and that is because of the hard work of the speaker, the hard work of chairman Neil on the hard work of the work group and all the stakeholders who fought. Thank you all for being here today. I understand critical day and look forward to continuing until we get this over to finish one. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, the gang of eight and the subcommittee and the rest of this revised, which has come a long way from the original agreement that they presented to us. That makes all the difference in the world to American workers make all the difference in the world. In terms of environmental issues – and it makes all the difference in the world in terms of Congress, Orange County talked about in terms of not putting in a trade agreement. Something that’s, but I hunted for making any changes to strengthen the hand, give more leverage to Consumers. Rather than to Big Pharma, the chairman would like to say what we do next and turn for the legislation and also think that God is in Mexico now and that wheezing mean staff. That’S right, staff, language, the other two are here regularly. Understand. is just as we get to the end of a session have to be some decisions made. The timetable for impeachment is the timetable of the committee, and that came to an end of the hearing yesterday. This is bit we didn’t know what day would be represented. Master light Hazard, who was quite remarkable to work with and he’s he was get this signed by the Mexicans and the Canadian when you’re dealing with something like this could be perishable. So he wanted to close. While we were all in agreement and therefore Indian Prime Minister, as I noted earlier, the Ambassador and the speaker cautioned him on Saturday, I’m witness to the conversation on the phone. He was very anxious and she said no. If you need another confirmation phone calls with which Funko display stand in, I think that’s the key. engineer back in order to get something accomplished. If we hope to do before the end of the session that you have to move democracy in the one hand, but also worked so closely with his administration, to get something like this time was just such a priority for them as well. The wife make it look like he has a victory Royale week, we’re declaring American worker and what did he miss agreement, but we would never not any. One of us is important enough for us to hold up a trade agreement that is important for America. Any of collateral benefit that might prove to anyone of us, and certainly we would never have agreed to what the president propose, and we also believe that we proceed to the final stages of the text. Sharing. It will be able to confirm the time disappoint that we can’t turn our backs and deny the reality trade. As I noted earlier, 95 % of the consumer class in the world lives outside of United States, coupled with the other reality of it. You talk to your children and grandchildren. I just realized, I think it’s the shape these agreements so that the American worker is covered as well. Addatoday is Young. You expect this to Prevail in the sound of those Motorsport. Then it has a life of its own. This is about as the chairman I said, globalization is a reality. It is not going away and and when were taking a bill that wedge trade with the environment with workers right and the rest, listen sticks its own reason for being as nothing to do. What’S the rest of whatever you were talking about, but but I will say that it is dumb in terms of globalization, environment and then talking about not using a trade agreement, hurt our ability to make their own laws United States and their state those countries to do So I wanted to see .43 250, but I was to 2:30. I was too late coming in on they had to 30 in the agreement there. So members who wanted that. I guess I don’t know what I paid in their names, but he had to 30 and the agreement, which is, in my view, the wrong way, but I I had said to the know this I had said to the environment: Rosie’s light enforcement. It was a letter from the chairman of the committee and the ranch Republican, never asking that it be removed, but unfortunately I got it after I make fudge not moving anymore last question. We were not going to work step. The original deal are 8 members of working group ended in addition to that, the trade committee and the input that will get him from all of our members that are caucus and that’s what the impact was in there areas as we share that with it don’t go With it that your life has your unless it takes awhile, especially when you’re, starting with something that is a non-starter and that I wasn’t a non-starter Phyllis, if you want to talk about just understand that this change that was necessary in that and had to be made In the treaty, not just what we were doing anyway, but we had to have with Italian and Mexican, I found it to be relatively oh, my God that was something so intense heated along. This is really quite easy compared to that is not only to inch our way to a place that we want to take it to another place where it would be a template for future Trade Agreement. Standard was set in terms of workers, though, and how we respect our own process here, as well as how we say it whenever you want that there is a direct connection between trade and the environment. News conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal regarding the United States-Canada-Mexico (USMCA) agreement.
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