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Corker won't say how many people officially back his plan, but many Republicans say they are anxious about the tariffs Trump announced. It's something Corker acknowledged to reporters when he noted that "doing anything up here is like pushing a major boulder uphill".

The tariffs angered many Republicans, who fear they will touch off a trade war with American allies. They plan to push it through their think-tank, grassroots political network, and Hispanic libertarian group.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he met privately with other senators Monday and is drawing interest from both parties in such a measure. The bill would apply to all actions moving forward, as well as those taken at any point within the last two years.

According to McConnell, the only possibility would be if there were legislation President Donald Trump were to sign.

The Senate will now recess for one week in August instead of four, said McConnell, R-Ky.

"Whatever rule you came up with, that's not the rule of this house", DeFrancisco said, pounding his fist on his desk. "We assume he'll be here in Washington working right alongside us. Part of this job is persuasion", said Cornyn. "And I don't think he's OK with anything that I've seen coming our way", McConnell added.

Corker pitched the proposal to his fellow Republicans during their weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday.

On May 31, Toomey took to Twitter to say Trump administration tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico were "bad news".

Corker's bill would require congressional approval for any tariffs that are imposed for national security purposes.

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While many Republicans - including GOP leaders - have released blistering statements and worked behind the scenes to encourage Trump to change his mind on enacting steel and aluminum tariffs on United States allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days.

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

President Trump's low approval ratings and the swirl of controversy around the White House have Republican strategists anxious about the party's standing headed toward the fall. "We think we have a good chance of passing a number of appropriation bills, and in order to do and in order to deal with this nomination backlog it's necessary for us to be here in August".

Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the Democrat from Maryland who is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is portraying the schedule change as an opportunity for legislating and messaging.

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. Ten of those seats are in states won by Trump, including Nelson's here in Florida.

McConnell's move, the aide said, was aimed at keeping those Democrats off the campaign trail and underscored Republican jitters over retaining majority control of the Senate in those elections. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat in a tough re-election fight in 2018, said she was "very interested" in the proposal.

"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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