The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do.

It's a time of testing over the next two weeks as top lawmakers toggle between impeachment and past-ripe legislative issues such as 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 this year.

Topping the agenda is legislation to avoid another government shutdown.

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