An earlier version of this story misstated the date of President Trump’s State of the Union speech.
President Donald Trump told the state Tuesday night his trade policies are helping restore American auto and other manufacturing projects and asked Congress to give him more unilateral ability to impose trade remedies on other nations.
In his State of the Union speech, Trump said the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement rectifies that a”historic blunder” which led to the migration of good-paying endeavors to Mexico and urged lawmakers to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada replacement.
The USMCA will”deliver for American workers like they haven’t had delivered to for quite a while,” Trump said in the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “I hope you are able to pass USMCA into legislation, so we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater amounts, expand American agriculture, protect intellectual property and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four amazing words,’Made in the USA.'”
Support for USMCA is lukewarm so much and experts are divided about whether Congress will eventually approve it.
“Wages for autoworkers have experienced a 25 percent pay cut in recent decades. This must change,” UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement after the speech. “Let us restore the American employee as a priority at the laws, commerce agreements and the inherent values we cherish. Our challenge will be to restore the American Dream. Because American employees have invested in the usa and now they look to Washington to put money into U.S.!”
Tariffs about $250 billion worth of Chinese products, and on steel and aluminum, are hurting some American companies, but Trump reported the responsibilities have brought China to the negotiating table, in which the U.S. is insisting on an end to unfair trade practices and much more balanced transaction to protect U.S. employees.
Trump urged Congress to pass on the Reciprocal Trade Act, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., which would give the president broad new power to increase tariffs to match the level of high tariffs on U.S. products in other countries.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has dismissed the notion, which can be expected to get little support. Grassley and other Republicans support legislation introduced that could rein in Trump’s capability to impose tariffs for national security reasons, as he did with steel and is threatening to do with light vehicles.