House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked on her declaration last week that a vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would be possible by the end of the year.
“I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today, it would be enough time to finish,” by year’s end, the California Democrat told reporters on Thursday about the proposed pacts to update the 1994 law, which established a North American free-trade zone between the three countries.
Just a week ago, Pelosi said she’d “like to see us get it done this year” and added “that would be my goal.”
But the timeline appears unlikely.
Legislators leave town this week and won’t return until the week of Dec. 2. The schedule so far calls for Congress to remain in session until the end of December.