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Republicans Push for Vote on New Nafta This Year If Democrats Win House

  • Trump’s trade deal with Canada, Mexico needs vote in Congress
  • Not all Republicans are sure congress will act this year
Senator Chuck Grassley talks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 2.

Senator Chuck Grassley talks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 2.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senior Republicans in U.S. Congress are pushing to approve a revised trade deal with Canada and Mexico this year if the party loses its majority in the House of Representatives.

Trade experts have been expecting a congressional vote on the Nafta successor to be delayed until next year, once the next Congress has started. Midterm elections will take place Nov. 6, and polls suggest Democrats are favored to take control of the House -- a scenario that will make it harder for President Donald Trump to win support for the accord, which he has rebranded the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.