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Top U.S. trade official submits USMCA ideas to Democrats: lawmakers

Top U.S. trade official submits USMCA ideas to Democrats: lawmakers

12.9.2019

Top U.S. trade official submits USMCA ideas to Democrats: lawmakers

The Trump administration on Wednesday sent U.S. House of Representatives Democra...

Democrats are reviewing the proposals, a spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee said, without providing any details.

Democrats, who control the House, said they would decide on next steps after reviewing the administration’s response to the written recommendations they had submitted in July on how to strengthen the proposed trade pact.

In the past, Trump has threatened to pull out of NAFTA, which he sees as detrimental to American businesses and farmers.

During Wednesday’s discussions with Lighthizer, Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, urged House approval of the USMCA before Canada’s national elections, which are set for Oct. 21.

The group and 10 others on Monday urged Congress to pass the trade agreement, but not to give the Trump administration the power to change thresholds for duty-free shipments into the United States.

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