Senate may pass new trade deal before impeachment trial starts




  • In World
  • 2020-01-14 16:04:57Z
  • By Politico
 

The Senate may try to dispense with two crucial issues before President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune said the chamber could pass Trump's new North American trade deal and hold votes on Democrats' War Powers resolution this week before turning to the impeachment trial next week.

The new North American trade deal is expected to pass easily; it has already cleared the House.

The effort to rein in Trump on Iran is up in the air but is currently short of the simple majority it needs in the Senate. The House passed a resolution limiting Trump's military authority last week.

"Get sworn in, then [do] whatever we end up doing on War Powers, maybe we get that done tomorrow. Then USMCA... in hopes we have that ready for floor action Thursday," Thune said.

The South Dakota Republican cautioned the situation was fluid but the decks could be cleared before the trial starts in earnest next week.

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