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Trump on defense as Congress pushes back on tariffs oversight

Trump on defense as Congress pushes back on tariffs oversight

Senate Republicans are under intense White House pressure to quash a bipartisan attempt to curtail President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs on national security grounds, as he did last week when he slapped duties on steel and aluminum imports from some of the U.S.'s closest allies.

"In general, these kinds of tariffs are a big mistake, and using national security as an excuse is a bigger mistake", Alexander said.

Democrats immediately cried foul over the move, arguing it was a clear political play by McConnell. Corker acknowledged that some Republicans are unwilling to cross the president.

Perdue said he would like to avoid the "last-minute drama of a September 30 deadline" when lawmakers would have to choose between a government shutdown or voting for a giant and unwieldy omnibus spending bill. Bob Corker plans to unveil legislation this week to limit when President Trump, or any future president, could invoke national security as a reason for taxing foreign imports.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of pushing the legislative agenda even further down the congressional calendar. The White House says the meeting focused on reducing the USA trade deficit by having China buy more agricultural and energy products. "This emerging trade war endangers the remarkable economic progress we've seen in the past year".

Asked if those powers of persuasion were effective, Cornyn cracked a grin.

Corker said Trump called him Tuesday to discuss the proposal, adding that he made no commitment to back off.

Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from top USA trading partners, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

The proposal by Corker and Heitkamp would require congressional approval of new tariffs that invoke national security interests within 60 days of submission.

President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that US farmers have been treated "unfairly".

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is among those who are uncommitted.

"We now have confirmed 21 circuit court judges in the first year and a half of the Trump administration, breaking all modern records", the majority leader said.

Corker's effort has been bolstered by another strong-willed supporter: Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Ten of those seats are in states won by Trump, including Nelson's here in Florida. "Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said. He said, "The Democrats have decided they don't want to govern, they want to have politics rule the day".

Conservative lawmakers and groups have been pressing McConnell to keep lawmakers in session to address almost 150 federal judicial vacancies - a number Democrats attribute to GOP delaying tactics during President Barack Obama's last years in office.

Five Republicans and four Democrats signed on as co-sponsors to Corker's bill.

McConnell cited the "historic obstruction of Senate Democrats of the president's nominees".

"I think if we can actually get some things done for the American people, that's a good thing", said Sen.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said Democratic lawmakers were skeptical that McConnell really wanted more time to deal with nominations and appropriations, suspecting that the move had more to do with keeping them off the campaign trail.


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