Pence Says Striking Auto Workers, GM Should Unite Behind Trade Deal

The Daily Signal | 9/17/2019 | Staff
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Vice President Mike Pence called for the United Auto Workers and General Motors–at loggerheads in a strike that started Monday–to unite in calling on Congress to approve a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

“I have a respectful message for all the United Auto Workers who are currently on strike,” Pence said Tuesday in remarks at The Heritage Foundation to promote the trade deal negotiated between the Trump administration and the nation’s North American neighbors to the north and south.

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“As the president said, we hope and trust you’ll work out your differences with GM,” Pence said at the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “While you’re at it, if you really want to support our nation’s auto workers, the UAW and GM ought to tell Congress to pass the USMCA.”

Echoing President Donald Trump, the vice president also said the administration is “locked and loaded” to defend U.S. interests in the Middle East amid indications that Iran is behind an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility.

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Speaking of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Pence said that unifying the three nations behind a common trade deal will “strengthen the president’s hand as we demand China end the trade abuse.”

After Trump scrapped the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the administration worked out an updated deal with Canada and Mexico in the fall of 2018. However, Congress has yet to ratify the deal.

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The USMCA largely updates NAFTA, and administration officials insist it is more favorable to American workers.

The Heritage Foundation supports the agreement’s new provisions on digital trade, intellectual property protection, and cross-border flows. However, the think tank has been critical of sections regarding labor, the environment, government procurement, rules of origin, and investor-state dispute settlements.

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