GOP senators weigh trade fight with Trump

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It's something Corker acknowledged to reporters when he noted that "doing anything up here is like pushing a major boulder uphill". 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. It's unclear how much Democratic support exists and there's now no commitment their House counterparts would follow suit. Jeff Flake, a Republican, told reporters.

This year, GOP lawmakers plan to bundle the spending bills into smaller packages.

They're announcing a multimillion dollar initiative that includes ads, lobbying and grass-roots mobilization as President Donald Trump puts trade tops on the agenda.

McConnell was under enormous pressure from his own caucus as well as the president to cancel as much of the recess as possible, but the majority leader also saw an opportunity to unite Republicans and annoy incumbent Democrats.

Senators who attended the White House meeting included some members of the GOP leadership team, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. "We assume he'll be here in Washington working right alongside us".

Asked if those powers of persuasion were effective, Cornyn cracked a grin. I don't think he is anything that I've seen coming our way.

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

That means it would undercut what has become a primary weapon in the administration's hardline ongoing trade negotiations with countries across the world - including close USA allies in the EU, Canada and Mexico.

The ruling GOP majority of the Senate suddenly adjourned the Senate's session for the week on Thursday when it became clear that the Republicans could not obtain the 32 votes needed to pass a bill due to the continued absence of a Navy-bound senator that tips the otherwise equally divided chamber membership.

"Madame President, I'm still speaking", Flanagan said.

The idea being pursued by Corker, Sen.

"The best way to summarize this bill is that it takes the next steps", Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Tx., said on the House floor last month.

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"But Corker declined, saying he told the president: "'I'm a United States senator, and, you know, I have responsibilities, and I'm going to continue to carry them out'".

While a handful of Democrat Senators reluctantly accepted the adjusted schedule, most Democrats accused the decision of being politically motivated to create an unfair playing field for the midterm elections.

Five Republicans and four Democrats signed on as co-sponsors to Corker's bill.

"If the Democrats can't win both in NY and, say, the Great Plains, we'll never be the majority", he said. "This is inappropriate to start a discussion about the bill, which has already been amended", the senator said, after mentioning rules of the chamber that "have been here a lot longer than we have been".

For the plan to go ahead, it will rely heavily on support from Democratic lawmakers, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would be open to considering once he gets a look at the text of the plan. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal.

"I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks", Mr. McConnell said, blaming Democrats as obstructionist.

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