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Trump administration, Democrats make progress on new NAFTA

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 00:26:06-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way” to “maybe” on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday.

Both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

Talks could still fall apart.

Democrats want the agreement to include stronger protections for workers and the environment. They also want to jettison a provision they see as a giveaway to pharmaceutical companies.

House Democrats working on USMCA say they will submit language next week “memorializing” what they call concrete and detailed proposals.