Mitch McConnell cancels August recess for Senate

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat Trump's private Mar-a Lago club Tuesday

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat Trump's private Mar-a Lago club Tuesday

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". It's something Corker acknowledged to reporters when he noted that "doing anything up here is like pushing a major boulder uphill".

Joining Corker in introducing the plan was Democratic Sen.

Corker, a vocal critic of Trump, told reporters that he expects the president's reaction to the plan "might not be so positive", but it is a necessary undertaking to reassert congressional authority.

Conservative lawmakers and groups have been pressing McConnell to keep lawmakers in session to address almost 150 federal judicial vacancies - a number Democrats attribute to GOP delaying tactics during President Barack Obama's last years in office.

The European Union says it will start imposing duties from July on a list of USA products in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.

Aides and lawmakers said the March effort had to some degree succeeded, with the White House crafting exemptions for several close allies - until the administration announced those exemptions for the EU, Mexico and Canada lapsed this week.

Asked if those powers of persuasion were effective, Cornyn cracked a grin.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said it's too early to say whether the House would take up Corker's proposal.

Corker's proposal would require the administration to submit to Congress any tariffs proposed on national security grounds, or Section 232, according to a source familiar with the bill.

President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that USA farmers have been treated "unfairly". Nelson, however, sees the move more cynically.

"As long as we have lots of nominations that aren't confirmed and appropriations bills that aren't passed, we should be here", Alexander said.

Women's groups and some Democratic senators have accused the Republicans of being patronizing to Hochul.

"President Trump has completely dropped the ball on health care", Schumer said.

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

Corker admitted that even with some bipartisan support, not every senator in his party would welcome this type of a bill.

"The only reason this is being considered, the only reason, is that leadership is fearful that Trump will blast the Senate if they're not in session and therefore hurt Republican chances", the senator said.

But by keeping senators working, the Kentucky senator will keep Democrats from campaigning this summer.

Sen. Jon Tester, a centrist Democrat running for re-election in Montana, a state easily won by Trump, led the charge against Jackson.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a senior GOP appropriator and chairman of the Energy-Water spending subcommittee, said he did not know exactly how many weeks of August senators would end up being at the Capitol, but he suggested it should be dictated by the workload. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, whose significant number of agricultural constituents could bear the brunt of retaliatory policies from allies and trading partners unhappy with the new tariffs.

"We Democrats, our entire caucus, believes this previously unscheduled session time can be put to good use to finally help Americans secure the affordable health care that President Trump and congressional Republicans have thus far failed to deliver", Schumer said Wednesday.

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