Trump calls Sen. Bob Corker over trade spat

Randy Kelley
June 10, 2018

Several steps have been taken during Trump's tenure to weaken the law, but Republicans have failed to kill it outright. It's something Corker acknowledged to reporters when he noted that "doing anything up here is like pushing a major boulder uphill".

Corker told reporters Wednesday that some Republicans are "fearful" of crossing Trump by signing onto the bill, making it more and more unlikely that the legislation gets through the Senate at all.

The House's version of the defense budget bill also gives the secretary of defense the authority to fund a military parade in Washington, D.C., to satisfy Trump's stated desire for an event like the Bastille Day parade he witnessed during his trip to Paris past year.

McConnell said he "can't imagine" that the Trump administration is "not thinking about this" possibility as rumors of Kennedy's impending retirement persist.

Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) downplayed the prospects of the Senate taking up immigration legislation this year. But, Corker's push could face an even tougher climb in the Senate now that the White House has weighed in.

Freedom Partners' James Davis said trade is a "top priority" as the groups "work aggressively to educate policymakers and others".

"The US business and agriculture community is profoundly concerned about how newly imposed tariffs - and the inevitable foreign retaliation arriving in the next few weeks - will lead to lost American jobs", Bradley said in a statement.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said it's too early to say whether the House would take up Corker's proposal.

That means it would undercut what has become a primary weapon in the administration's hardline ongoing trade negotiations with countries across the world - including close USA allies in the EU, Canada and Mexico.

McConnell cites a "judicial crisis" of empty seats that still need to be filled - ignoring the fact that the reason so many seats remain open is because the Senate GOP refused to confirm President Barack Obama's nominations.

"I think he's a great choice", said Georgia Republican Sen.

Ms. Hochul said she disagreed, saying that as presiding officer, she had recognized Ms. Krueger and would hear her speak.

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.

Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen. Pat Toomey, who sources say has made clear to Republican leadership that trade language needs to be brought up for an amendment vote during the consideration of defense policy bill. "The House is not", he said, noting that this is why it's so important for Republicans to retain their majority in the Senate following the 2018 midterm elections. Dean Heller of Nevada, who is facing re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

The decision has ramifications for senators up for re-election this fall, a number that includes Cruz, who otherwise is expected to have spent much of August campaigning in Texas.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said he also spoke to Corker about the proposal on Tuesday.

"We Democrats, our entire caucus, believes this previously unscheduled session time can be put to good use to finally help Americans secure the affordable health care that President Trump and congressional Republicans have thus far failed to deliver", Schumer said Wednesday.

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