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Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

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Isabel Fisher | 10 June, 2018, 09:42

Senators hoping for a long summer recess have had their hopes dashed.

"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said. "The next steps to rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon, the next steps towards strengthening our country's national security". It's unclear how much Democratic support exists and there's now no commitment their House counterparts would follow suit.

Corker told reporters Wednesday that some Republicans are "fearful" of crossing Trump by signing onto the bill, making it more and more unlikely that the legislation gets through the Senate at all.

This year, GOP lawmakers plan to bundle the spending bills into smaller packages.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) (4 from L) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, May 29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he would not allow the Corker tariff proposal to be brought up as a freestanding bill.

Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, said he would support a similar move in the House.

Freedom Partners' James Davis said trade is a "top priority" as the groups "work aggressively to educate policymakers and others".

Asked if those powers of persuasion were effective, Cornyn cracked a grin.

"I don't even think that". Corker wasted little time in jumping in to craft his proposal.

But Republican leadership has shown little interest in picking a fight with Trump over tariffs.


The bipartisan legislation that Corker filed would require the president to submit to Congress any tariffs put in place under a process that invokes national security.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is playing hardball.

The ruling GOP majority of the Senate suddenly adjourned the Senate's session for the week on Thursday when it became clear that the Republicans could not obtain the 32 votes needed to pass a bill due to the continued absence of a Navy-bound senator that tips the otherwise equally divided chamber membership.

Ms. Hochul said she disagreed, saying that as presiding officer, she had recognized Ms. Krueger and would hear her speak.

Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen. "Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, told Mr. McConnell to focus on a series of measures that Republicans are likely to oppose or resist if they are not accompanied by other concessions.

Congress rarely finishes work by September 30, the end of the fiscal year, on the one-dozen individual appropriations bills to keep the federal government fully operating.

Senate Democrats and Republicans are facing off for the best way to use their three extra weeks in the "swamp".

Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she and the GOP leadership agreed that Tuesday would be the day when Democrats could present their long-awaited amendment to enact the women's reproductive health act.

Toomey, who was re-elected in 2016 and thus insulated from immediate voter blowback, engaged with the Trump administration on tariffs as early as March 8, calling them a mistake. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, whose significant number of agricultural constituents could bear the brunt of retaliatory policies from allies and trading partners unhappy with the new tariffs. "You have to deal with it in a comprehensive way, and I think that's what Trump's trying to do", Perdue said.

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