The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or the USMCA has now earned the support of the AFL-CIO, the large federation of unions which of course gives US President Donald Trump support he much needed. However with several unions raising concerns, Candidate Elizabeth Warren is now in a political bind as she may anger her base if she does vote to support the deal – it replaces the NAFTA deal put in place decades ago. Warren is now third in the polls and any loss of support now could damage her trajectory in the presidential race. Sanders and Warren are staking their appeal on the populist wing of the party and at times have clearly shown that they are liked by the new blood in the Democratic Party – some are far left of Bernie Sanders.
The deal passed bipartisan support in the Democratic-led House and will go before the Senate next year. Some Democrats have shown their support, but these are of course representatives from Colorado and Minnesota, states that will see their farm industries benefit from the new Trump deal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was only comfortable with the new deal when the 12.5 million strong AFL-CIO leader, Richard Trumka said tha the endorsed the NAFTA upgrade.