McConnell Cancels August Recess Due to 'Historic Obstruction by Senate Democrats'

Senator Lamar Alexander is also polling his colleagues on legislative items Congress often struggles with an agenda in an election year

Senator Lamar Alexander is also polling his colleagues on legislative items Congress often struggles with an agenda in an election year

"The Constitution gives it to Congress", Toomey said. Despite much hand-wringing, prospects for any bill to challenge him remain uncertain. Many Republicans are hesitant to confront Trump in a legislative showdown that could end badly for them. Doing so could court a veto and bruise their standing with Trump voters they need in midterm elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canceled August recess due to "the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats".

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting in Washington on April 18, 2018.

The co-sponsors are Republican Sens.

With the move, McConnell is pushing off a potentially costly conflict with Trump who wants the Senate to stay and work and isn't afraid to say it.

The groups, which include the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity and the LIBRE Initiative, announced plans yesterday for a multiyear, multimillion-dollar campaign "to champion the far-reaching benefits of trade and oppose tariffs and other barriers".

"I definitely think Donald Trump in that election was an awakening for us", said Katie Hill, who is running as a Democrat in a seat held by a Republican for the last 25 years. Jeff Flake, a Republican, told reporters. "Congress ought to assert leadership in this situation and take away the matches the president seems intent on using to ignite a risky trade war".

"This is not a trade issue".

In a statement, the Koch-backed groups said they would push Trump to lift those steel and aluminum tariffs, the recent tariffs on solar panels and washing machines as well the proposed tariffs for imports from China. "A lot of the steel pipe we're buying right now is not made in the U.S".

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Corker unveiled a bill Wednesday that would require congressional approval before a president could levy tariffs for national security reasons.

He also has suggested Trump is abusing his power - potentially for political purposes - by initiating an investigation into whether importing automobiles poses a threat to national security.

"From the standpoint from agriculture, what can happen if the president fails, yes I'm very nervous myself", Grassley said.

Ryan added, "I think the president was extremely productive when he put out his four pillars, they're extraordinarily reasonable they attempt to actually fix the solution, when we fix DACA we want to fix it permanently so we don't have another DACA problem down the road".

"I will never sign another bill like this again". The bill requires the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the name of national security and provides for speedy consideration. It would apply to all actions known as Section 232 moving forward, as well as all those taken in the past two years.

While free trade has always been a central tenet of the Grand Old Party, the president has moved aggressively to reorient USA trade policies to the "America First" philosophy he espoused on the campaign trail. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Yet for Republicans, who worked furiously behind the scenes in March to defang the administration's steel and aluminum tariff proposal, it's a fight that has long existed even if the willingness for it to come the forefront was tempered by outside factors.

"I don't know why they're talking about that", said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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