U.S. Senate leader cancels most of August recess

U.S. Senate leader cancels most of August recess

Not all is lost for senators hoping to take a break.

"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said. They will no longer need to fear being ambushed by those concerned about a lack of affordable health care coverage or underfunded safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security. They plan to push it through their think-tank, grassroots political network, and Hispanic libertarian group. Corker acknowledged that some Republicans are unwilling to cross the president. They were successful in repealing the individual mandate that requires all Americans to have health insurance after it was included in the GOP's tax reform legislation that Trump signed into law in December.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a long list of things to do this summer, hoping to net a string of smaller but solid victories for Republicans - including members of his conference up for re-election - as well as the President.

Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, said he would support a similar move in the House.

Corker's proposal would require the administration to submit to Congress any tariffs proposed on national security grounds, or Section 232, according to a source familiar with the bill.

Mexico, for instance, is imposing a 20 percent tariff on US agricultural products including apples and 25 percent duties on Tennessee whiskey in response to Trump's trade policies. "NDAA is certainly one of them but it is open to amendment and we'll see what happens as it moves across the floor".

In fact, the progressive wing's embrace of the plan could reveal that McConnell's real reason for keeping senators in Washington wasn't about harming Democrats up for reelection, but protecting Republicans in the same situation.

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"These are actually responsibilities of Congress that we gave away in 1962 and what this would do is redefine that and say that the president would go through the same steps that he goes through", Corker said.

Corker's effort has been bolstered by another strong-willed supporter: Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Every time they say "nominations, ' we'll say 'lower premiums.' When they say 'appropriations process, ' we'll say 'bring down drug prices.' Health care has been President Trump and Congressional Republicans" biggest failure, and it's the issue that's top of mind for voters. Of the Senate seats on the ballot this election cycle, 26 are held by Democrats and the independents who caucus with them, while just nine are held by Republicans.

Gardner posited that Democrats, many of whom have voiced support for Trump's harder line on trade talks, would balk at the idea of reining him in. Democratic senators sponsoring the bill are Sens.

Corker, who is retiring at year's end, said Trump asked him Wednesday morning not to file the bill, but he declined during a lengthy conversation, The Washington Post reported.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said he also spoke to Corker about the proposal on Tuesday. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, whose significant number of agricultural constituents could bear the brunt of retaliatory policies from allies and trading partners unhappy with the new tariffs.

"We Democrats welcome this additional time because it gives us the opportunity to address an issue that's on the top of the mind of so numerous American people and one that the Republicans have badly mishandled up to this point - health care", Schumer said.

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