CORRECTED-U.S. Democrat urges USTR to respond to proposals on US-Mexico-Canada trade deal

(Corrects first name of lawmaker to Richard, not Robert in 2nd paragraph)

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to provide “comprehensive and constructive” responses to Democrats’ proposals to ensure their support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Committee chairman Richard Neal issued the statement after a group of Democrats met with Lighthizer to discuss environmental concerns, reflecting apparent frustration about the Trump administration’s failure to respond to the Democratic proposals.

“The group has now laid out comprehensive concerns and constructive proposals in three of the four issue areas in its negotiating mandate: access to medicines, labor, and the environment. We look forward to similarly comprehensive and constructive responses from Ambassador Lighthizer. Progress will only come from each side working to meet the other,” he said. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal)