What Happened: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has formally submitted his response to complaints and concerns from members of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Politico reported Sept. 11.
Why It Matters: The White House is hoping that the submission will kick-start the congressional approval process for the USMCA to finalize the deal before Canada's general elections on Oct. 21. However, U.S. Democrats have publicly voiced concerns about the agreement, including environmental and labor standards and enforcement mechanisms, among other issues, which could make it difficult to ratify the deal on an expedited timeline.
Background: The United States, Mexico and Canada signed the USMCA on Nov. 30, 2018, but the agreement still requires ratification in the United States and Canada. The Mexican Senate approved the deal on June 19.
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