GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

"What I'm in favor of is getting bills passed that we have to do for the country", McConnell said. It's unclear how much Democratic support exists and there's now no commitment their House counterparts would follow suit. Cory Gardner of Colorado, echoing a concern GOP leaders have voiced for days.

"It's a difference of opinion", Corker said.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union are now subject to a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues Wednesday to sponsor legislation that would require Congressional approval of tariffs raised in the name of national security.

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. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has voted with Trump almost 92% of the time, said Congress should assert "its constitutional authorities on tariffs to ensure we don't undermine the significant economic progress we have made over the last 18 months". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Sen. Bob Corker is facing the ire of the White House after forging ahead with his plan to curtail the President's power on trade.

"I am a United States senator, and I have responsibilities and I'm going to continue to carry them out", Corker said, pushing back on Trump.

"Working through August gives us the ideal opportunity to tackle this pressing issue of health care", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. But he didn't close the door on an amendment vote in the defense policy bill. Corker wasted little time in jumping in to craft his proposal.

"On policy, there's a lot of support", he said.

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One possibility under consideration is to attach the legislation to the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass military spending bill that will be debated on the Senate floor this week and could be put to a vote as early as next week. Nelson, however, sees the move more cynically.

As president, Donald Trump has insulted U.S. allies and top Republicans, threatened nuclear war on Twitter, shared top-secret intelligence with Russian Federation, and pushed immigration policies that are ripping apart families and damaging the US's image overseas.

It remains an open question where Democrats sit on the bill - which was still being finalized Tuesday evening.

Republicans have hit Democrats for their "obstruction" of Donald Trump's nominees in the past.

Senate Republicans's biggest priority in the midterms is trying to keep control of the chamber. Trump used his most recent weekly address to slam Democrats for obstructing his nominees.

Schumer, of NY, said Democrats were instead building out their messaging and platform on issues like health care and infrastructure to rebuild a national coalition that can win, while their attacks on Trump in 2016 led to the party's sweeping losses.

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. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal.

"We're talking about things that matter: healthcare, infrastructure, taxes", he said.

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