McConnell: Senate won't pass bill reining in Trump's tariff authority

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McConnell also urged Americans to take comfort in the record number of circuit court judges the Senate has managed to confirm under the Trump administration, despite Democrats' slow-walking.

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

"The implications of these tariffs are significant - on our own producers and businesses because of retaliatory tariffs we're now seeing and on our relationships with our allies who could use the same claims of national security to impose tariffs on us", Heitkamp said. It's unclear how much Democratic support exists and there's now no commitment their House counterparts would follow suit.

Corker, a vocal critic of Trump, told reporters that he expects the president's reaction to the plan "might not be so positive", but it is a necessary undertaking to reassert congressional authority.

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 previous year.

More than 140 of President Trump's nominees to key positions remain to be confirmed, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

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

"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 until we can deal with these unfair practices and so forth, we will not have fair trade.

Asked if those powers of persuasion were effective, Cornyn cracked a grin. "And I don't think he's OK with anything that I've seen coming our way", McConnell added.

On May 31, Toomey took to Twitter to say Trump administration tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico were "bad news".

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The bipartisan legislation that Corker filed would require the president to submit to Congress any tariffs put in place under a process that invokes national security.

Corker and other Republicans are pushing back on Trump's decision late last month to impose steep steel and aluminum on USA allies, a move that analysts said pushed the United States closer to a trade war. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to say he opposed the senator's introduction of legislation that would give Congress oversight of tariffs. "The American people deserve better, and I support any actions that will ensure we are upholding our Congressional responsibilities".

"He's obviously not pleased with this effort", said Corker, who is retiring at the end of this year and has clashed with the president in the past.

Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen.

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

Twenty-six Senate seats now held by Democrats are on the ballot in November, with just nine for the Republicans. Dean Heller of Nevada, who is facing re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Democratic senators sponsoring the bill are Sens.

This new direction could even mean funding Democrats sometimes, the Koch official said.

"It doesn't make sense to me for Congress to go into recess when we still have so much unfinished business, particularly in an election year when things are going to get left at the last second", said Gallagher.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bring that to an end - and the timing couldn't be more suspect.

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