By  on September 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — Three languishing trade agreements, a Web tax bill and fashion design piracy protection legislation could all get their day in Congress as lawmakers return this week from a month-long recess for what is expected to be a highly divisive fall session.

Having passed legislation in July to raise the debt ceiling, lawmakers will now turn to another bruising battle as a supercommittee charged with cutting an additional $1.5 trillion from the nation’s deficit gets to work. Industry observers are concerned the rancor in Congress over the nation’s debt could derail all other policy initiatives, including the trade agenda, but there are signals that the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House can find common ground on some measures.

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