FILE - In this June 18, 2019, file photo, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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 Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, July 26, and 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. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump administration, Democrats make progress on new NAFTA

July 30, 2019 - 12:26 am

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.

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