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Sen. Corker Defies Trump to Push Tariff-Blocking Bill

07 June, 2018, 09:07 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Corker, a Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he and the president had a lengthy, "heartfelt" conversation about the legislation.

A group of senators are crafting a plan that would claw back some of President Donald Trump's authority to enact sweeping tariffs and other trade policies that many Republicans and other free-trade supporters believe would result in lasting damage to the United States economy. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the chamber, told reporters.

"He's obviously not pleased with this effort", the Tennessean said.

Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, presented the schedule change as an opportunity for lawmakers to pass spending legislation and to approve more of President Trump's nominees.

A bipartisan group of senators struck back against President Trump's new tariffs on US allies, announcing legislation Wednesday that would give Congress a chance to review any new duties before they take effect.

The push being pursued by Corker, Toomey and others who have been meeting privately - and with Democrats - would be narrowly crafted legislation requiring congressional approval of the tariffs Trump has imposed in the name of national security.

Corker also expressed concern that because Trump is so heavily invested in the tariffs, rebuking him in such a way could be hard for those in a political bind. He warned that if they didn't bear fruit, he and his supporters "fully expect" to continue pushing their petition.

According to the Koch Industries website, "to millions of Americans, the words "Koch brothers" and "political activism" go hand-in-hand".

"For North Dakota farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers, exporting is critical, but the administration's wrongheaded trade policies are putting their livelihoods in jeopardy", said Heitkamp. "I hope my Democratic and Republican colleagues join this common-sense effort".

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He said the measure's backers were considering offering the measure as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a defense policy bill that is one of the few pieces of legislation Congress passes every year.

Democrats nursing long-shot hopes of winning Senate control in the November elections have 26 incumbents facing re-election, including two independents allied with them.

The Senate will now recess for one week in August instead of four, said McConnell, R-Ky.

"A majority of the Republicans here have never voted for amnesty", King said, using an immigration term favored by hard-liners.

McConnell said senators will still get the first week of the month off, but return to Washington, D.C., for the rest of the month. Nelson, however, sees the move more cynically.

She said "our bipartisan bill" ensures Congress "has a key oversight role if a president imposes tariffs under the claim of national security reasons".

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dismissed the idea of legislation blocking the tariffs, telling reporters that Congress would need to come up with legislation that Trump would sign.

"We have the worst trade deals ever made and we're going to have now fair trade deals", he said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters.



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