Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess

GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess

Several steps have been taken during Trump's tenure to weaken the law, but Republicans have failed to kill it outright. It's unclear how much Democratic support exists and there's now no commitment their House counterparts would follow suit.

Corker, who plans to retire at the end of this year, joined with Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey to draft legislation that would allow Congress to review and approve tariffs that are based on national security concerns.

Perdue said he would like to avoid the "last-minute drama of a September 30 deadline" when lawmakers would have to choose between a government shutdown or voting for a giant and unwieldy omnibus spending bill. Their rivalry boiled over in may when McConnell said he'd pass President Trump's proposed $15 billion rescission package if the House would send it to his chambers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been skeptical of pursuing legislation, even as he opposes the administration's actions.

"The US business and agriculture community is profoundly concerned about how newly imposed tariffs - and the inevitable foreign retaliation arriving in the next few weeks - will lead to lost American jobs", Bradley said in a statement.

The Senate must still pass its version of the bill and the two versions must be reconciled before a final compromise bill can come up for a vote in both the House and Senate later this year.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said that he has not yet decided whether he'd support Corker's proposal.

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

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

While many Republicans - including GOP leaders - have released blistering statements and worked behind the scenes to encourage Trump to change his mind on enacting steel and aluminum tariffs on USA allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days. White House revises spending "claw back" proposal McConnell open to amendment pushing back on Trump tariffs MORE (R-Tenn.), McConnell added: "We're not going to be passing that in the Senate".

Republican senators say they're working on legislation that could require a vote in Congress on President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs in the name of national security.

"Madame President, I'm still speaking", Flanagan said.

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Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen.

"But Corker declined, saying he told the president: "'I'm a United States senator, and, you know, I have responsibilities, and I'm going to continue to carry them out'".

The president remains popular in numerous ruby-red states, including in, where he campaigned for the Republican Senate nominee, Mike Braun, and bashed Democratic Sen.

He said the move was to deal with a legislative backlog, which he blamed on Democratic obstruction. 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. "I think the American people need to understand the consequences for this administration if we were to lose the Senate".

McConnell cited the "historic obstruction of Senate Democrats of the president's nominees".

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