Pence keeps up pressure for trade deal with Mexico, Canada

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By MORGAN LEE Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence stepped up pressure on Congress to support the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, taking his pitch on Wednesday to voters in a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico.

Pence's office said in a statement that he will talk about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement while visiting an oil and natural gas production company in the Permian basin that straddles New Mexico and Texas. Democrats last year narrowly flipped the area's sprawling congressional district that borders Mexico and traverses thriving oil fields and military bases.

Trump hails the trilateral trade agreement — signed in late November of 2018 after tough negotiations — as a victory for U.S. manufacturing, with duty-free rewards for cars that include more North American components and higher wage requirements in Mexico.

But critical enabling legislation requires approval from the House and Senate, including House-majority Democrats who want greater concessions on labor and environmental provisions, with the window for compromise narrowing in the run-up to 2020 election.

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