Senators Fight Over How to Use Canceled Recess Weeks

10 June, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Lynne Higgins
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They're anxious about a wider trade war spiking prices for home-state businesses and consumers if Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs, as planned, on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. It's something Corker acknowledged to reporters when he noted that "doing anything up here is like pushing a major boulder uphill". It's not just Trump, the senators say, but past administrations that have leaned too heavily into the national security provision they now want to subject to congressional oversight. But Democrats are planning a political counter-punch. The bill would apply to all actions moving forward, as well as those taken at any point within the last two years. Even though at least seven Republicans have already signed on to Corker's measure, many Republicans on Capitol Hill who express concern about tariffs are hesitant to legislate oversight of the president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not shared McConnell's enthusiasm for canceling the August recess. "This emerging trade war endangers the remarkable economic progress we've seen in the past year".

"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. They believe that Hochul can provide the tie-breaking vote in procedural matters, like whether a bill can be allowed to come to the floor for a vote.

Republican leaders have balked at the idea of using legislation to stop Trump with House Speaker Paul Ryan - who opposed aluminum and steel tariffs last week - telling reporters Wednesday morning that there was little appetite to pass legislation in the House similar to Corker's.

The bill rolled out Wednesday requires the White "to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under Section 232 [of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962]".

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

Moments later, Senator Joseph A. Griffo, a Republican from the Utica area who often serves as presiding officer, also criticized Ms. Hochul.

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

Corker's effort has been bolstered by another strong-willed supporter: Pennsylvania GOP Sen.

The majority leader is pointing to what he calls "historic obstruction" by the Democrats.

Conservative lawmakers and groups have been pressing McConnell to keep lawmakers in session to address almost 150 federal judicial vacancies - a number Democrats attribute to GOP delaying tactics during President Barack Obama's last years in office.

Twenty-six Senate seats now held by Democrats are on the ballot in November, with just nine for the Republicans.

He said the move was to deal with a legislative backlog, which he blamed on Democratic obstruction. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal. Every time they say 'nominations, ' we'll say 'lower premiums.' When they say 'appropriations process, ' we'll say 'bring down drug prices, ' " the unnamed aide said.

"It's going to get worse and worse and worse ... unless we step up as the [Democratic] leader has suggested and have a positive proactive agenda in August to make health care more affordable for all Americans", Reed said.

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