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GOP senators weigh trade fight with Trump

07 June, 2018, 16:49 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Senator Ted Cruz who's in a tough reelection campaign is one of the pollsters

Prompting criticism from many members of his own Republican party and business groups, Trump decided last month to open a trade investigation into whether auto imports had damaged the US auto industry, which could lead to tariffs of up to 25 percent on "national security grounds".

Trump's moves on trade are expected to consume conversations among Senate Republicans this week.

Corker and other Republicans are pushing back on Trump's decision late last month to impose steep steel and aluminium tariffs on US allies, a move that analysts said pushed the United States closer to a trade war.

Republicans will be making the case to the administration that the tariffs could dampen the economic gains from the GOP tax cuts and sour the mood among voters as lawmakers are campaigning to protect the Republican majority in Congress.

For those immigration opponents, it's better to have a couple dozen Republicans side with Democrats than have 218 Republicans find consensus on an immigration measure, even if it is more GOP-friendly. He said there were a number of issues Republicans still hadn't reached consensus on, like a question of whether there would be a special pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients ― or something akin to citizenship, like permanent legal status ― and he didn't see Republicans coalescing behind a bill before enough members signed onto a discharge petition that is now just three members short of forcing a vote. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has voted with Trump almost 92% of the time, said Congress should assert "its constitutional authorities on tariffs to ensure we don't undermine the significant economic progress we have made over the last 18 months". Will Hurd, R-Texas, said he would support a similar move in the House.

Donald Trump has said the steel tariffs will protect United States steelmakers, which he says are vital to national security.

Only one Republican incumbent, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, faces a similar dilemma.

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The centrists want to provide a way for the young immigrants to become permanent residents, which can lead to citizenship.

Among bill co-sponsors is U.S. Sen. Besides Corker and Johnson, Republicans who have signed on include Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The House is scheduled to adjourn July 26 for the August break, and not return until after Labor Day. Underscoring the sensitivity of the session, staff is to be excluded.

But McConnell said he would potentially allow the NDAA to be used to push it through.

"I think that there's a lot of Democrats who are quietly like 'look, this is great what he's doing, '" Gardner said. "I don't believe that there is".

Corker's effort has been bolstered by another strong-willed supporter: Pennsylvania GOP Sen. The administration has said it's imposing the tariffs in the interests of 'national security'.

Besides Corker, the bill's sponsors are Republican Sens. More time in Washington means less time on the campaign trail back home.

Democrats have invoked cloture on Trump's appointees, demanding 30 hours of debate rather than deferring to the president's nominees. Sen.

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