Senate to vote on USMCA trade deal

Senate to vote on USMCA trade deal

"There is little or no sentiment in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss", McConnell said Tuesday. "Clearly we're eager to see this new agreement enacted by all parties involved because the cross-border trucking provision will finally limit unfair competition from Mexico-based motor carriers - many of which do not follow the same rigorous safety, environmental, and labor standards as our members". It's certainly appropriate to point out that both sides would want to call witnesses that they wanted to hear from.

Todd Young of IN and Susan Collins of ME said Tuesday they will support it.

Kaine said Tuesday he has 51 "declared votes" for a revised version of his war powers resolution.

Trump has branded the case a "hoax" and a "witch hunt" but the White House is girding for a trial that could present damaging evidence against the US leader on national television.

The Senate now has 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents who usually vote with the Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, also cited climate concerns as the reason he voted against the deal. Democrats who voted against this deal did not do so on account of any substantive policy disagreement, but rather their continuous refusal to give President Trump any wins.

He was also charged with obstructing Congress' ensuing probe.

At Tuesday's private GOP lunch, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that if witnesses are allowed, defense witnesses could also be called.

The documents released add new context to Democrats' charges that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats as Trump withheld military aid. "So I'd like to move forward".

McConnell is drafting an organizing resolution that will outline the steps ahead. While it looks unlikely any rules regarding testimonies will be set beforehand, it's possible a rule on "witness reciprocity" will be approved after the trial's opening remarks.

Trump will become only the third president in U.S. history to go on trial, risking his removal from office. Republicans could seek to call witnesses of their own as well.

It was an extraordinary suggestion, but one being proposed by Trump allies with support from some GOP senators, including McConnell.

Whether witnesses would be called to testify is still open as the Republicans have said that it would be decided when the trial starts.

"The vote will be tomorrow (Tuesday)", Congressman Henry Cuellar told reporters after the meeting.

"Do these sound like leaders who really believe we are in a constitutional crisis, one that requires the ultimate remedy?"

"Trump tweeted, "'We demand fairness' shouts Pelosi and the Do Nothing Democrats, yet the Dems in the House wouldn't let us have 1 witnesses, no lawyers or even ask questions". Four Senate committees passed their reviews of it early Wednesday in preparation for a floor vote. "They did nearly nothing that you would expect the House to do in order to set up this case to be considered by the Senate".

"Despite the president's unprecedented and sweeping obstruction of our impeachment inquiry, we have continued to collect additional evidence relevant to the president's scheme to abuse his power by pressing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election for the president's benefit", wrote House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, House Oversight and Reform Chairman Carolyn Maloney and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

Other candidates like Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be able to continue campaigning freely as the Senate trial gets underway.

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