September 30, 2019 – The House Democrats in the United States have made a counteroffer on the stalled trade pact with Mexico and Canada to President Donald Trump’s Trade envoy, a sign the deal could be on track for congressional approval this fall. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal told reporters after meeting with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the offer covers all four areas that Democrats have expressed concern about, including labour, environmental, enforcement and drug patent protection. If an agreement is made, it will pave the way for ratification of the new NAFTA agreement between the three countries.