Group of 10 senators challenge Trump over tariffs

Swallowing the GOP whole

Swallowing the GOP whole

Trump took office promising to rip up trade deals and crack down on unfair trading practices.

President Trump's low approval ratings and the swirl of controversy around the White House have Republican strategists anxious about the party's standing headed toward the fall.

Powerful US billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are funding a multi-million dollar campaign against President Donald Trump's trade tariffs.

Although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted Tuesday that Democrats "welcome" spending their August recess in Washington, D.C., he made no mention of stalling Trump's nominees. But it doesn't look great. 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.

"I think it sad frankly that we apparently get one Year of the Woman every 30 years", said Democrat Katie Porter. The Trump administration last week announced it would slap steep steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloImmigration petition to hit 215 signatures as two Dem holdouts join Immigration discharge petition approaches final showdown Cannabis advocates urge lawmakers to tackle tax provision MORE (R-Fla.) told reporters after the meeting, which included moderates and conservatives.

The bill requires the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under Section 232.

"There are people here that probably have concerns about going against the president", he said.

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While many Republicans - including GOP leaders - have released blistering statements and worked behind the scenes to encourage Trump to change his mind on enacting steel and aluminum tariffs on USA allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days.

A few hours later, Corker went ahead and filed the bill, along with seven other Republican senators and four Democrats. There is no state that is likely to be more damaged by tariffs on aluminum and steel than Tennessee, because in many ways we are the nation's number one auto state.

"The construction of a physical wall is an expensive and inefficient use of our taxpayers' hard-earned dollars", he said in a statement.

"Without a strong economy, you can't have a strong national security", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, giving the administration's justification for the tariffs.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who served as USA trade representative during the George W. Bush administration, noted at the time that finding agreement among 60 senators on trade policy made such legislative gambits an uphill fight. "They have actually exceeded my expectations, and I think that they're far along enough where the conference meeting tomorrow will be meaningful", Rep. "This modest proposal to clarify congressional prerogatives is welcome and long overdue".

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