U.S. lawmakers seek to block Trump on tariffs

GOP senators A president can obstruct justice

GOP senators A president can obstruct justice

National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Cory Gardner of Colorado also hasn't backed the Corker plan, but he says tariffs could be bad politics for Republicans in the midterm election.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., responds to an announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he intends to cancel the traditional August recess and keep the Senate in session to deal with backlogged tasks, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. As we've often argued, it's well past time for Congress to get back to regular order and pass actual agency appropriations bills on time - no more shutdown showdowns, no more last-minute continuing resolutions, no more omnibuses, cromnibuses, minibuses, or megabuses, please!

Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, presented the schedule change as an opportunity for lawmakers to pass spending legislation and to approve more of President Trump's nominees.

Democrats, the minority party in the Senate, countered that they meant to use the extra time to push for a debate and votes on healthcare, an issue they have been touting in campaigning for congressional elections in November.

Democrats are aiming to maintain and defend 26 Senate seats this year, including two represented by independents in Vermont and ME as well as 10 in Trump-won states. Republicans have nine incumbents on the ballot.

The House of Representatives is still scheduled to be away the entire month of August.

The bills Schumer said he wants action on are ones most Republicans would not support, like one that would incentivize states to expand Medicaid. John McCain, R-Ariz., undergoes treatment for brain cancer in his home state.

The Illinois Democrat said he was willing to start working on health care whenever Republicans were.

"We can take up the immigration any time the Republican leadership, which controls the business of the House and Senate, decides it's a priority", he said.

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"The reason is simple: We have too much left to do for the American people", McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Schumer also challenged President Trump to join the Senate and cancel his own summer vacation plans.

Hatch said he wanted to focus on getting more of Trump's judicial nominees into office. The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican senators were trying to "mansplain" the rules to the state's female lieutenant governor. They want to confront "protectionist ideas" they say would hold back the economy.

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.

McConnell has faced pressure from a growing group of Senate Republicans who feel the body has not accomplished enough under a GOP majority.

A more favorable Senate map has given them greater confidence about holding on to the upper chamber of Congress.

The European Union says it will start imposing duties from July on a list of US products in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is telling President Donald Trump that his decision to impose tariffs and steel and aluminum imports from the European Union was "unjustified and deeply disappointing".

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