McConnell: USMCA will not get vote in 2018, but top agenda item in 2019

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UPDATED 1:03 PM PT — Tues. Oct. 16, 2018

The Senate majority leader is claiming the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada is at the top of the 2019. During an interview Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell said because of the process of new trade agreements, there will not be a vote in 2018.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

However, he said the USMCA will be a main agenda item at the beginning of next year.

Under the current rules, there is a number of boxes that need to be checked off before Congress can vote on a trade deal.

Trade negotiations lasting longer than expected with Canada likely contributed to the delay in voting.

Republicans wanted to vote on the deal before midterms in case they lost their majority, however, the three-way deal has received praise from the left with Chuck Schumer coming out in support of the deal.