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Lawmakers urge Pelosi to allow vote on trade deal

Lawmakers are urging action on a new North America trade deal.
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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Lawmakersare urging action on a new North America trade deal.

U.S.Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, says the House needs to get busy and pass the United States Mexico CanadaAgreement.

 The USMCA is the new tradeagreement that would replace NAFTA.

“There is no reason to let this drag-on,” Blunt said.“The choice is, do you want to stay in NAFTA the way that it is, or do youwant to give your members a chance to vote.”

Blunt says the deal is a clear win for the country, whichwould open markets and create thousands of farming and manufacturing jobs inhis home state.

He says HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi is the only obstacle standing in the way of themulti-billion-dollar trade deal.

For weeks, Pelosi has insisted the deal is inching closer tothe finish line.

Pelosi says she is still working to ensure the deal is enforceable, but the pressure is mounting from both sides of the aisle.

Thisweek, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, called on House members to put partypolitics aside.

“Our farmers have been through enough,” Axne said.“We must answer their call and get this deal done right and withoutunnecessary delay.”

Thursday,U.S. Rep.  Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri,penned a letter to Pelosi, urging her to allow a vote on the deal.

“We need to do it sooner than later. It has been a yearsince the three countries agreed,” Blunt said.

Blunt says if Pelosi doesn’t call a vote before the end ofthe year, the entire deal could be placed on hold until after the 2020election.