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Sanders Doesnt Support USMCA Because It Doesnt Address Climate Change

Top Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he doesnt support the U.S.–Mexico–Canada trade agreement because it doesnt address climate change.

“We could do much better than a Trump–led trade deal. This deal, and I think the proponents of it would acknowledge, will result in the continuation of the loss of hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs as a result of outsourcing,” he said during the Democratic presidential debate in Iowa on Jan. 14.

He said that workers lost jobs because they were forced to compete with workers in Mexico, China, and other countries.

“Second of all, every major environmental organization has said no to this new trade agreement because it does not even have the phrase climate change in it,” he said.

“And given the fact that climate change is, right now, the greatest threat facing this planet, I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very, very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world.”

When a moderator noted that the AFL-CIO, one of the biggest unions in the country, supports the deal, Sanders said that the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers does not.

“It is not so easy to put together new trade legislation. If [the USMCA] is passed, it will set us back a number of years,” Sanders said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks while flanked by fellow members during a news conference announcing their support for the USMCA trade agreement, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 10, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The machinists union said in a Dec. 12 statement that “USMCA does not fulfill the promise that was made to United States workers to negotiate an agreement that dramatically replaces the current trade template that continues to cost United States workers hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

The House of Representatives passed the trade deal last month shortly after House Democrats gave the green light, saying theyd hammered out a better agreement than the one that was originally proposed with the help of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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