Corker and other Republicans are pushing back on Trump's decision late last month to impose steep steel and aluminium tariffs on USA allies, a move that analysts said pushed the United States closer to a trade war. "Given his horrendous recruits, Senator McConnell is right to be terrified of Senate Democrats on the campaign trail, but whenever the GOP Congress is in session they find new ways to alienate and disgust voters", he said.
Senate Republicans are under intense White House pressure to quash a bipartisan attempt to curtail President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs on national security grounds, as he did last week when he slapped duties on steel and aluminum imports from some of the U.S.'s closest allies.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., came away from a meeting with Trump opposed to Corker's legislation. Brazil, Argentina and Australia agreed to limit steel exports to the U.S.to avoid tariffs. Even though at least seven Republicans have already signed on to Corker's measure, many Republicans on Capitol Hill who express concern about tariffs are hesitant to legislate oversight of the president. "But at the end of the day if decides he wants to put tariffs in place, Congress has to approve this".
"It's a difference of opinion", Corker said. Democrats have calculated that health care is one of the critical policies they should run on in 2018. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy was among those who are waiting to see if the tariffs actually harm the economy. But Democrats are planning a political counter-punch. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, whose significant number of agricultural constituents could bear the brunt of retaliatory policies from allies and trading partners unhappy with the new tariffs. "We need Border Security!"
Corker's legislation would require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security.
"There's been historic obstruction by Senate Democrats, and there's a long to-do list, including important nominations and appropriations bills that we hope they can get taken care of", Sanders said. "I still believe the president is using the tariffs as a bargaining chip", Kennedy said.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Corker's legislation could get some Democratic support. "NDAA's going to be opened, we'll see what amendments are offered".
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, wrote a letter to McConnell, asking him to allow time in August for votes on a range of health care and prescription drug proposals, such as higher tax credit for Affordable Care Act plans, a Medicare buy-in for people 55 and over and allowing Medicare to negotiate on drug prices.
"The US business and agriculture community is profoundly concerned about how newly imposed tariffs - and the inevitable foreign retaliation arriving in the next few weeks - will lead to lost American jobs", Bradley said in a statement.
"We have the worst trade deals ever made and we're going to have now fair trade deals", he said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. By passing this legislation, Congress can reassert its constitutional responsibility (Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 1 and 3) on trade and ensure Americans can keep buying affordable products and keep selling our goods overseas.