The two people President Donald Trump has chosen to manage thefederal budget appear to be at odds over how to tackle their firstassignment: handling the debt limit.

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and Trump's choice tohead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney(R-S.C.), face their first joint test in the run-up to March 16,when a debt limit suspension period expires. Failure to agree meansinvestors in the world's deepest debt market may grow uneasyabout the potential of a U.S. default.

The debt limit is a favorite bargaining chip of Republicans whoare concerned about the nation's finances, which could worsen asTrump breaks with the party's fiscal hawks in pushing tax cuts andmore spending.

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