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House Conservatives Want LGBTQ Protections Removed From North American Trade Pact

Posted November 20, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Laura Stampler – Fortune)

Dozens of U.S. House conservatives are protesting a clause in the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) that would protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination, Politico reports.

“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” says a letter signed by 40 members of Congress, including Iowa Rep. Steve King, to President Donald Trump. “It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.”

Although Trump has touted USMCA as “terrific” and “the biggest trade deal in the United States history,” conservative lawmakers wrote that they were “deeply concerned” about language related to “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in it—saying that it is at odds with the administration’s previous moves. Click here to read more.