Mexico president urges U.S. to ratify new NAFTA after labor bill passes

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday urged U.S. lawmakers to ratify a revamped North American trade pact a day after the Mexican Senate paved the way by passing a bill to strengthen the rights of trade unions. The leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada signed the trade agreement at the end of November after a long negotiation, but it requires ratification in each country’s legislature to take effect and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in force since 1994. “When the labor reform is approved, two purposes are accomplished: the main one is that it benefits Mexican workers... but it also fulfills the commitment that was made with the government of the United States,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily morning press conference.

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