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BUDGET BRIEFING: Trade, Pension Bills Could Ride Funding Package

Dec. 5, 2019, 1:02 PM

Year-end legislation to fund the government could also serve as a legislative vehicle for other measures on trade and pensions, as long as those provisions don’t tank the must-pass appropriations package.

Lawmakers have discussed attaching a measure to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said earlier this week. They’ve also raised the possibility of including a bill (S. 2788) that would shore up coal miners’ pension plans and ensure miners will not lose their health care if their employer goes bankrupt, Shelby said. Some members have also pushed to get a measure...

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