GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

Jun 07, 2018, 09:04
GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

The embrace of free trade principles by major Republican donors comes as Trump pursues aggressive measures against trading partners from China to Canada and US allies in Europe, in line with his campaign pledge to pursue better trade deals. "I will not support any efforts that weaken his position".

David Perdue, a Georgia Republican and a leader of the effort to persuade McConnell to stay into August. "We think we have a good chance of passing a number of appropriation bills, and in order to do and in order to deal with this nomination backlog it's necessary for us to be here in August".

"I don't know why they're talking about that", said Sen.

Today, Republican and Democratic Senators are about to introduce a bill to force Trump to obtain congressional approval.

Corker said the "vast majority" of Senate Republicans agreed with the policy to limit Trump's imposition of tariffs.

"There are many different ways of designing that and we been having those discussions", Curbelo said. "Finally, a lot of time had gone by, and I had other meetings".

"These are actually responsibilities of Congress that we gave away in 1962 and what this would do is redefine that and say that the president would go through the same steps that he goes through", Corker said.

Some Republicans who attended the meeting also said any bill presented to the full House could not provide a "special pathway" to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamer immigrants, who are living in the United States after being brought here illegally as children.

And for the immigration hard-liners, like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), there's no compromise to be had.

It's a longshot legislative strategy, but the group is working quickly to try to produce an amendment in time for an upcoming debate on a separate defense bill. It could be subject to a parliamentary challenge over whether it's germane to the annual bill authorizing defense programs. "You'd expect a policy this bad from a leftist administration, not a supposedly Republican one". The National Retail Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they back the congressional review proposal.

She said "our bipartisan bill" ensures Congress "has a key oversight role if a president imposes tariffs under the claim of national security reasons". That means the Kochs also are unlikely to support Congress members in heated 2018 midterm races who back Trump's trade stance. He also said that the US steel and aluminum industries have "been ravaged" by foreign trade policies, adding that "this is only the first step". "Right now, the president is implementing tariffs on our allies, like Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - countries that don't pose national security threats but which are critical trading partners for North Dakota", Heitkamp said in statement.

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. It would affect not only future actions, but any taken within the last two years.

"I talked at length with the president about it [Wednesday]", Corker told reporters. Pat Toomey (Pa.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), along with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Warner (VA.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.).

"If this devolves into a full-blown trade war, the resulting harm will undo all of the great economic progress we've made with deregulation and tax reform", Toomey tweeted June 1. "I'm not going to do it again", Trump warned after signing the bill.

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