Jan 15, 2020

Sanders and Warren clash on North America trade deal

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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took opposite positions on President Trump's North American trade deal, with Warren saying she would vote for it whereas Sanders said he would not.

What they're saying: Sanders has consistently criticized the trade agreement, known as USMCA, because it does not address climate change on any level. Warren argues starting with this trade deal is a modest improvement worth exploring.

The exchange:

Sanders: "Every major environmental organization has said 'no' to this new trade agreement because it does not even have the phrase 'climate change' in it. And given the fact that climate change is right now the greatest threat facing this planet, I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very, very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world."

Warren: "This new trade deal is a modest improvement. Senator Sanders himself has said so. It will give some relief to our farmers, it will give some relief to our workers. I believe we accept that relief, we try to help the people who need help, and we get up the next day and fight for a better trade deal."

Sanders: "Well, I think that it is not so easy to put together new trade legislation. If this is passed, I think it will set us back a number of years."

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