May 17. Next Thursday. That’s the deadline House Speaker Paul Ryan has set for negotiators to notify Congress that they’ve reached an agreement on a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement if they want to get it through Congress by the end of the year. A May deadline for a December vote may seem aggressive, but the timeline goes something like this: The president has to notify Congress 90 days before he signs a trade agreement, and the full text of the agreement has to be made public a month later. There’s other time built in for review and analysis. So, with little less than a week left, how do we get from here to there?
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