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McConnell cancels August Senate recess, leaving Democrats vulnerable

McConnell cancels August Senate recess, leaving Democrats vulnerable”

(The Post reports: "President Trump plans to confront other world leaders at a summit in Quebec on Friday over what he believes is a global economic system tilted against the United States, several people briefed on the plan said, escalating tensions with US allies who have expressed outrage at his pivot toward protectionism.") The president seems entirely oblivious that the worldwide trade system America helped create has inured to our benefit. "That's happened only 24 times in the first two years over the last six presidents". "I will not support any efforts that weaken his position".

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.

The idea being pursued by Corker, Sen.

"I'm a United States Senator and I have responsibilities and I'm going to continue to carry them out", Corker said.

Corker said Trump called him Tuesday to discuss the proposal, adding that he made no commitment to back off.

After all, without a long stretch at home, vulnerable GOP senators now have an excuse to avoid public meetings, town halls and other face-to-face forums where they would be forced to interact directly with their constituents.

"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.

The House of Representatives is still scheduled to take August off. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, as he pushed to confirm nominations.

Corker admitted that even with some bipartisan support, not every senator in his party would welcome this type of a bill. Coming ahead of November's midterm elections, it might be a tough vote for some Republicans to cross their president. Also, all 100 senators would have to agree to let it get a vote - a particularly tall order since Trump's opposition hints at a potential veto and the defense measure has broad backing. The National Retail Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they back the congressional review proposal. "Part of this job is persuasion", said Cornyn.

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.

"We want to reverse those policies that hurt the middle class", Schumer told reporters on Tuesday, according to the Modern Health Care website.

Democratic co-sponsors include Mark Warner of Virginia, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if Trump does have that power, Ryan replied that he doesn't know the "technical answer" to the question. "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".

"I believe that there is loads of Democrats who're quietly like 'look, that is nice what he is doing, '" Gardner stated. They should be trying to make a deal on immigration reform that beefs up border security and gives legal status to those covered by DACA.



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