Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

Nevertheless, for senators hoping to take a break, there's still hope.

"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said.

"Without a strong economy, you can't have a strong national security", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, giving the administration's justification for the tariffs. But Democrats are planning a political counter-punch. Jeff Flake, a Republican, told reporters.

The House's version of the defense budget bill also gives the secretary of defense the authority to fund a military parade in Washington, D.C., to satisfy Trump's stated desire for an event like the Bastille Day parade he witnessed during his trip to Paris past year. Their rivalry boiled over in may when McConnell said he'd pass President Trump's proposed $15 billion rescission package if the House would send it to his chambers.

Senate Democrats plan to focus on health care during the month of August, following the announcement by the Republican majority that their summer recess was canceled.

"Joe Manchin is a guy who likes to talk to everybody and listen to them and nearly inevitably, he does what's right for West Virginia", Schumer said. But the Senate version carries a warning to Trump, with a trade provision to block any White House plan to lift penalties on the China-based telecommunications company ZTE, which faces trade law violations over selling sensitive technologies to United States adversaries. According to Corker, Trump thought that this proposal "takes away his negotiating ability".

Corker's bill would require congressional approval for any tariffs that are imposed for national security purposes.

Outcome of summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un depends on 'attitude'
The reactor had been designed and built by North Korean technicians, and ten of them were killed in the attack. Trump told reporters Thursday that he wasn't aware the 6-foot-7 former NBC star would be in the neighborhood.

They're targeting Trump's reliance on the so-called 232 authority, named from Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allowed the administration to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union, some of the U.S.'s top allies. "NDAA is certainly one of them but it is open to amendment and we'll see what happens as it moves across the floor". "We'll see. I'm hopeful we can do this in a cooperative fashion, but we've got lots of tools available". Now some of the biggest Republican donors have launched a war against Trump's tariffs, and once-loyal senators are trying to curb Trump's powers as the country's 45th president.

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

"If the Democrats can't win both in NY and, say, the Great Plains, we'll never be the majority", he said.

Sen. Jon Tester, a centrist Democrat running for re-election in Montana, a state easily won by Trump, led the charge against Jackson.

The actions of the Democrats was called disgusting by Suffolk County Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who accused them of using the session play politics.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the Democrat from Maryland who is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is portraying the schedule change as an opportunity for legislating and messaging. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal.

"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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