Political Cornflakes: McConnell cancels the Senate's August recess

Senator Ted Cruz who's in a tough reelection campaign is one of the pollsters

Senator Ted Cruz who's in a tough reelection campaign is one of the pollsters

That may be enough to stop the effort.

President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that US farmers have been treated "unfairly". "I will not support any efforts that weaken his position".

They're trying to prevent the moderates from joining with Democrats to pass the "Dreamer" protections, which polls suggest are popular, but which would be a setback for GOP leaders and expose the majority to complaints from the conservative base.

"It's promising to see the Senate cancel its month-long vacation and try and get some work done", Scott said in a statement.

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 grants the executive branch authority to impose tariffs to protect vital interests, but Corker and others argue that President Donald Trump is misapplying the law - using it against allies instead of adversaries.

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.

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. "I intend to keep working with the president on those better options".

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The groups said they would advocate that Trump reduce or eliminate trade barriers by modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and returning to the negotiating table on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Senators who attended the White House meeting included some members of the GOP leadership team, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. Trump tweeted about the obstruction and the need for McConnell to cancel the recess on May 12, writing, "Also waiting for approval of nearly 300 nominations, worst in history". Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is pursuing legislation that would limit the ability of the USA president to broadly use national defense to declare tariffs. It could be subject to a parliamentary challenge over whether it's germane to the annual bill authorizing defense programs.

She is contesting a seat in Orange County, California, that will be critical if Democrats are to take back the House of Representatives. The National Retail Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they back the congressional review proposal. "He said lawmakers would 'continue to make the case" with the president and his staff, which he noted is divided.

Nonetheless Corker's amendment represents the most significant attempt thus far by Republican lawmakers to arrest Trump's protectionist trade agenda. Corker wasted little time in jumping in to craft his proposal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is telling President Donald Trump that his decision to impose tariffs and steel and aluminum imports from the European Union was "unjustified and deeply disappointing".

Trump had cited similar security concerns in March in imposing duties on steel and aluminum. It would affect not only future actions, but any taken within the last two years. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sponsored the bill.

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