Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Corker Pushing Ahead with Attempt to Tie Trump's Hands on Trade

Corker Pushing Ahead with Attempt to Tie Trump's Hands on Trade

And, of course, the president could veto anything sent his way.

That may be enough to stop the effort.

Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to negotiate better trade deals to save U.S. jobs, has pursued aggressive measures against trading partners from China to Canada, Mexico and U.S. allies in Europe. "I will not support any efforts that weaken his position", Graham said in a statement. The tariffs will be bad for United States business, and United States jobs, they say, echoing recent analysis by economists.

Curbelo said the young immigrants must "be guaranteed a future in our country, meaning they can not be exposed to deportation".

President Donald Trump told the Tennessee Republican in a "lengthy" call Wednesday to back off legislation to rein in his power to levy huge tariffs on U.S. allies, seeking to head off a confrontation with Republicans in Congress.

They are joined on the bill by at least 10 other senators, and Corker said Wednesday they may attempt to attach it to an annual defense bill under consideration this week in the Senate. After the call, Corker said he will continue to press his bill, according to a person familiar with the matter. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he still needed to see the proposal.

"I don't think there will be a deal today", Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters Wednesday.

Senators who attended the White House meeting included some members of the GOP leadership team, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming.

And for the immigration hard-liners, like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), there's no compromise to be had. Johnson is a co-sponsor of the new bill. Bob Corker on Wednesday to abandon his plans to pursue legislation challenging the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Roberts hesitated though on whether he could back the bill.

Still, the legislation is picking up support from one of the Republican Party's chief constituencies, the business community.

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

Nonetheless Corker's amendment represents the most significant attempt thus far by Republican lawmakers to arrest Trump's protectionist trade agenda.

Cornyn left the door open to Corker's forthcoming legislation.

Trump had cited similar security concerns in March in imposing US steel and aluminum duties.

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 U.S. allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days.

The bipartisan legislation that Corker filed would require the president to submit to Congress any tariffs put in place under a process that invokes national security. It would apply to all actions known as Section 232 moving forward, as well as all those taken in the past two years. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal.

"If this devolves into a full-blown trade war, the resulting harm will undo all of the great economic progress we've made with deregulation and tax reform", Toomey tweeted June 1.

Voters in California will go to the polls in the state's primary election on Tuesday with a large number of first-time women candidates on the ballot.

"We can not continue to allow Congress to wait until our government is nearing another shutdown to present a 2,000-page bill and then give lawmakers a "choice" of shutting down the government or passing a bill no one has read", Martin warned.

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