The House of RepresentativesÂ overwhelmingly approvedÂ the sweepingÂ trade deal in late 2019,Â just one day afterÂ impeaching Trump on a mostly partisan vote.
â€œWorkers have had the legs taken out from underneath them and this agreement makes improvements,â€ Warren told a Boston CBS affiliateÂ Friday. â€œItâ€™s gonna help open up some markets for farmers, they need that stability. Itâ€™s gonna help with enforceable labor standards and thatâ€™s gonna be useful. We really need trade negotiations going forward that make sure anyone who wants access to our markets is actually helping us in the fight against climate change and helping build an economy that works for everybody in the U.S.â€
The approvalÂ sets her apart from fellow progressive and 2020 Democratic primary contender Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has stated he would not vote for the agreement.Â
When asked about the differentiating views between her and Sanders, WarrenÂ said,Â â€œWell, Bernie sees this differently, obviouslyâ€¦. youâ€™ll have to ask Bernie his reasons.â€
During the December Democratic debate,Â Sanders quipped that thoughÂ the new agreement wasÂ “a modest improvement” he wouldn’t vote for it because “It is not going to stop outsourcing. It is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico.”Â
Sen.Â Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is also running for the 2020 Democratic nomination, previously called for changes regarding the trade dealÂ last year, but has yet to talk about his position on the bipartisan bill passed by the House.
Warren’s approval is new as sheÂ previously disagreed with the initial version of theÂ trade agreement, and demanded changes. She said in 2018Â thatÂ â€œTrumpâ€™s deal wonâ€™t stop the serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers. It wonâ€™t stop outsourcing, it wonâ€™t raise wages, and it wonâ€™t create jobs. Itâ€™s NAFTA 2.0.”
The new trade pact will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, orÂ NAFTA,Â a nearly quarter-century-old accord that essentially eliminated tariffs on most goods traded among the three countries.
The Senate could ratify the trade dealÂ as soon as this month.
Among the changes negotiated by Democrats are stronger provisions regarding the enforcement of labor and environmental standards. For example, the revised pact calls for monitors in Mexico City to make sure Mexico lives up to tough environmental laws, regulations and practices. A verification process will enable U.S. customs workers to block goods from entering the country if they have been produced in violation of those rules.Â
Warren stated Friday that she wants to “see improvement for our farmers and workers. Itâ€™s not as much improvement as Iâ€™d like to see but right now theyâ€™re in a terrible hole where Donald Trump has put them. I want to get them out of that hole.â€
Contributing: Michael CollinsÂ