Trump Wins Fight Over Tariff Power in Senate

Sen. Corker Blows Up at His Fellow Republicans for Their Fear of Angering Trump: 'We Might Poke the Bear!'

Sen. Corker Blows Up at His Fellow Republicans for Their Fear of Angering Trump: 'We Might Poke the Bear!'

President Trump used the national security exception in levying 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, causing Canada to angrily highlight how the two countries had fought shoulder-to-shoulder and the USA was now calling its northern neighbor a national security risk.

"But no, the United States Senate right now, on June the 12th, is becoming a body where, well, we'll do what we can do but, my gosh, if the president gets upset with us then we might not be in the majority. You know, I think about the things that we generally speaking have stood for. sort of where the Republican Party has been traditionally and were it is today is quite divergent", Corker told reporters.

Authors of the legislation, which also include Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said Trump abused the authority granted under a 1962 law by imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports because there isn't a genuine national security threat. Corker's amendment would limit Trump's ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds - a move which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called "insulting".

Senator Corker last week was told that his amendment may have a so-called "blue slip" issue should it reach the House of Representatives, a technical issue that requires revenue-related legislation to originate in the House.

Inhofe, who is managing floor debate on the measure while Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., is absent, said he did not object to Corker getting his amendment heard but thought it was not appropriate for the defense authorization legislation. "This in no way has any effect on our ability to pass the NDAA in a timely fashion". Mitch McConnell being Majority Leader with a Republican president, there has been only one amendment vote. "And all my amendment would do is say, 'Look, Mr. President, you go negotiate, but when you finish, come back, and as senators and as House members, let us vote up or down'".

"95 per cent of the people on this side of the aisle at least intellectually support this amendment".

"We have been here a year and a half and because Senators, United Senators that are elected by people in their state don't want to cast a tough vote, they block everybody from voting", he said. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways...

For his part, Sen.

Paul's amendment is related to the legality of indefinite detention.

"The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the subject matter", he said.

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