trade U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday formally responded to House Democrats’ concerns about the new North American trade agreement, marking a step forward in negotiations between the Trump administration and Capitol Hill. Lighthizer first told House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Ways and Means ranking member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and other Republican members at a meeting of the USMCA whip group that he was planning to send his responses to House Democrats’ USMCA working group on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. A House Democratic aide later confirmed to POLITICO that the working group had received the text and members were in the process of going through it.Story Continued Below Sending formal language to Democrats on Capitol Hill will provide a boost to stalled negotiations between Lighthizer and the nine-member USMCA working group, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tasked with making changes to the trade deal to reflect the party’s priorities. Democrats have concerns over pact’s labor, environmental, enforcement and prescription drug standards. They say they need to see USTR’s counter-proposals before talks can continue. At the whip meeting, Scalise called for quick passage of the deal and said the group is “in… Read full this story
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