The USMCA is expected to pass the House of Representatives and Senate without any problems, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced last week that the Senate will not take over the USMCA until early next year, after the House votes on the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The Senate Finance Committee could hold a hearing on the trade deal, allowing its members to allay fears because they played virtually no role in reviewing the original version of the agreement, congressional sources said. During the 30 days or more between these measures by the administration and if laws can be formally introduced, the Senate Finance Committee and the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee can hold hearings and compromise on the agreement. These measures are beneficial because they enhance transparency and allow Congress to give the president non-binding returns. However, the president is not required to implement the reactions of Congress. Efforts to amend draft rules of application, or even the implementation of trade agreements, are not unprecedented. In 2006, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) attempted to amend the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement to allay fears about the alleged use of slavery and human trafficking in Oman. The amendment was approved by the Mock Markup Finance Committee, but the amendment was rejected by the George W. Bush administration.
REF The Obama administration`s changes to the U.S. Free Trade Agreement. S.-Korea (KORUS) in 2010, which led in an «additional agreement» to the korUS update on several issues, including the automotive industry. REF These changes were obtained by reference letters and different minutes between the United States and South Korea. REF WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday backed a renegotiated version of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement (USMCA) after a year of often bitter negotiations with the White House and was signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 1994, the United States, Mexico and Canada, with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), created the world`s largest free trade region, which generated economic growth and helped improve the living standards of the people of the three member countries. By strengthening trade and investment rules, this agreement has proven to be a solid foundation for building Canada`s prosperity and has provided a valuable example of the benefits of trade liberalization for the rest of the world. The new Canada-U.S.-Mexico agreement will strengthen Canada`s strong economic ties with the United States and Mexico. For more than a year, the USTR and The Republicans and Democrats of the House of Representatives have been working with emissaries from Canada and Mexico to obtain details of the new pact and to negotiate solutions to disagreement on the various provisions. In recent months, most negotiations have taken place between the nine-member House of Representatives Democrat Working Group under the leadership of Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), USTR officials under the leadership of Ambassador Lighthizer and Mexican trade representatives led by Seade.