Trump calls Sen. Bob Corker over trade spat

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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.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, alongside seven other senators, proposed the plan on Wednesday, which would require tariffs proposed as a national security imperative under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act to be subject to congressional approval. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is pursuing legislation that would limit the ability of the US president to broadly use national defense to declare tariffs. Those tariffs last week expanded to include Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, which had previously been exempt from the measures and are now retaliating.

Flake and Corker, who are both retiring, have been frequent critics of the White House.

A bipartisan group of USA senators, led by Sen. The bill would require any intended tariffs to be approved by Congress.

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Corker said that he listened, but declined to drop the push. "On policy grounds, they strongly support this". "Some people may have political concerns, but we'll see where it goes".

"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.

The proposal will be offered as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which is must-pass legislation and makes the prospect of a presidential veto that much more hard on the White House's end. Democrats say focus on health care, while Republicans want to approve more of President Donald Trump's nominees.

McConnel has also stood by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been brutally targeted by Trump for allegedly allowing the investigation into the Russian Federation connection with the 2016 presidential election to continue.

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"We can't just be anti-Trump", Schumer said Wednesday on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".

McConnell cites a "judicial crisis" of empty seats that still need to be filled - ignoring the fact that the reason so many seats remain open is because the Senate GOP refused to confirm President Barack Obama's nominations.

"Working through August gives us the ideal opportunity to tackle this pressing issue of health care", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Anyone who doesn't back their free trade principles is "going to have a harder time getting support from our network", an official with the Koch network told Quartz.

In a statement, the chamber said the business and agriculture community is concerned the tariffs will lead to lost American jobs and that Corker's "modest proposal" would help clarify Congress' prerogatives on overseeing tariff policy. Lawmakers are wary of a trade war, he said, but "we're not looking for a fight with the president". 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.

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