Mitch McConnell cancels bulk of Senate's August recess


A group of senators are crafting a plan that would claw back some of President Donald Trump's authority to enact sweeping tariffs and other trade policies that many Republicans and other free-trade supporters believe would result in lasting damage to the U.S. economy.

A senior Senate Democratic aide complained that canceling the recess will keep off the campaign trail several Democrats who are locked in tough campaigns for reelection during the November 6 midterms.

"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said.

Yes, McConnell's move can be viewed as a shrewd, partisan political maneuver.

Joining Corker in introducing the plan was Democratic Sen.

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

Republicans are working with a narrow 51-49 majority as Sen. Cory Gardner told Roll Call. Lawmakers would then have 60 days to approve the proposed actions.

Trump sparked backlash among congressional Republicans after the administration announced late last week that they were slapping steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, ending temporary exemptions for the key trading allies.

By contrast, only nine Republicans are up for re-election this fall, with the one in most jeopardy being Nevada Sen. "I could go deal after deal and it's been very unfair to our country, to our workers, to our companies and to everybody else involved". Trump tweeted on Monday.

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But Republican leadership has shown little interest in picking a fight with Trump over tariffs.

Sen. Bob Corker is facing the ire of the White House after forging ahead with his plan to curtail the President's power on trade. It's a strategy some Republicans still viewed this week as the best option. "I think the American people need to understand the consequences for this administration if we were to lose the Senate". "Part of this job is persuasion", said Cornyn.

"Sometimes", he said. "Not always, but sometimes". "I think we'll be here in August", Gardner said. "This modest proposal to clarify congressional prerogatives is welcome and long overdue". In a statement Tuesday, the majority leader said he wanted to use the recess to confirm nominees and pass appropriations bills.

"It was warmly received", Corker said of his presentation.

Corker said that he listened, but declined to drop the push. "NDAA's going to be opened, we'll see what amendments are offered".

"On policy, there's a lot of support", he said.

Hochul, a former congresswoman from western NY, said she's not ruffled by the opposing party's actions, and is not going to engage in "schoolyard politics". 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! On Tuesday, the Kentucky senator said the move comes after "historic obstruction" by Senate Democrats - namely in the form of stalling on the nomination process for the president's picks for numerous posts. Senate rules require at least a handful of Democratic votes to advance most legislation, given the Republicans' slim 51-49 member hold on the chamber.

McConnell said, "The bottom line is clear: Under the policies of this unified Republican government, American workers, families, and business owners are achieving economic growth that is unmatched in recent memory".