Will impeachment effort have larger impact on Trump or Democrats?
Wall Street Journal editorial board member Daniel Henninger discusses efforts to remove President Trump from office.
WASHINGTON — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do.
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The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Trump and past-ripe issues including North American trade legislation and a massive government-wide funding bill.
December is always a busy time in Congress as busted deadlines come due and must-pass legislation reaches the floor. But the poisonous atmosphere surrounding impeachment has raised questions about whether lawmakers can deliver their usual year-end bundle.
“American families deserve better than this partisan paralysis where Democrats obsess over impeachment and obstruct everything else," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., attacking Democrats for delays in the defense budget.
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Behind the scenes, Pelosi is confronting a difficult set of issues that requires agreement with Republicans controlling the Senate, not to mention the signature of the very president she is working to impeach.
Topping the agenda is legislation to avoid another government shutdown. A government-wide funding bill expires on Dec. 20, leaving lawmakers little time to prevent a repeat of last winter's shutdown fiasco. A new battle over money for Trump's U.S-Mexico border wall, the same issue that started the last shutdown, remains unresolved.