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Debt Limit, USMCA Clocks Ticking as Pelosi Wrangles Her Party

  • Pelosi will have to test her caucus’s appetite for compromise
  • Congress has few legislative days to plan for must-pass bills
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Congress must decide soon on a path to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government and approve a massive North American trade deal -- putting pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to quickly wrangle a restive Democratic caucus that has an eye on the 2020 elections.

Lawmakers return Tuesday from their July 4 break, facing September deadlines on must-pass fiscal bills, with just three weeks before their next recess to come up with a plan. Bipartisan talks this month will aim to set up high-stakes votes in the fall, but first Pelosi has to know where her members stand and to what extent they’ll accept compromise.