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Last Week

Trade
  • A spokesman for Mexico's Economy Ministry said Mexico and the United States are due to post the draft of a bilateral trade agreement online by 7 p.m. today. Canada has yet to reach a trade deal with the Trump administration. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Trump said at a press conference that he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the trade dispute between the two countries while trying to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, telling reporters, "we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada." A Trudeau spokesman said no meeting was requested. (The Associated Press)
  • A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers introduced a measure on Wednesday that would ensure Congress has a seat at the table to examine the validity of President Trump's tariffs. (The Hill) Judicial
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, will testified Thursday at 10 a.m. before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans hired Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Ford, but GOP lawmakers did not ruled out asking questions of their own. (Politico)
Finance
  • President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending package that keeps the federal government from shutting down just before the new fiscal year begins on Monday. Most parts of the federal government will be fully funded through fiscal 2019, while the deadline for a partial shutdown will be delayed until early December. (The Hill)
Tax
  • The House is expected to pass a $631 billion extension of tax cuts Friday before leaving Washington, D.C., until after the midterm elections. The legislation is not expected to be taken up by the Senate and is largely designed to help Republicans on the campaign trail, members say. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • A three-bill legislative package dubbed "tax reform 2.0" passed the House, but the legislation is not expected to pass the Senate.
Congressional Bills
  • The House cleared a spending package that would fund the Defense, Education, Labor and Health and Human Services departments and keep the government open through Dec. 7. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure. (The Wall Street Journal)
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