Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Wins Fight Over Tariff Power in Senate

Trump Wins Fight Over Tariff Power in Senate

Bob Corker (R-TN), a known Trump critic, accused his colleagues of being too concerned about hurting Trump's feelings on Wednesday than doing their duty.

In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, Corker said "it is ridiculous" that amendments can't be voted on in the U.S. Senate, including one he is pushing to limit presidential authority on trade barriers which he said most Senators seem to support.

"I heard the senior senator from Texas saying the other day, 'Well gosh, we might upset the president!'" Corker said. We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms.

Sanford said his primary race was unusual in that perceived loyalty to the president became a key issue. "So let's don't do anything that might upset the president", he said.

"I can't believe it", continued Corker.

Trump has recently used discretionary tariff powers, delegated for the president's use for reasons of national security, to levy taxes on imports of aluminum and steel from even close American allies.

"We're in a unusual place".

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Corker offered the amendment in response to Trump's recent decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, even from USA allies, arguing they are needed for national security. Corker sought unanimous consent to swap a separate piece of House legislation to resolve the so-called blue slip problem, but Oklahoma GOP Sen.

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.

Corker has been angling to get his legislation added as an amendment to the defense appropriation bill, a must-pass measure that the Senate is now debating. A lot of them would vote for it if it came to vote, but no. "They want someone who's going to be like my father, and fight, and actually want to win". "This in no way has any effect on our ability to pass the NDAA in a timely fashion".

Corker also said that in the year and a half of Sen.

Corker said the Senate is abdicating its oversight responsibilities by allowing Trump to impose tariffs under the guise of national security without any checks from Congress.

On "Fox News @ Night", conservative columnist Bethany Mandel said Corker has a point about many Republicans being afraid to run afoul of Trump.

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