Pa's Toomey among group of 10 senators challenging Trump over tariffs

Senator Lamar Alexander is also polling his colleagues on legislative items Congress often struggles with an agenda in an election year

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is pushing to include a provision in the Senate defense authorization bill that would require a congressional vote on tariffs levied by the president on the basis of national security before the tariffs can be implemented. "He feels that this takes away this negotiating ability and this in no way takes away his negotiating ability".

"I think if you talked to any of the suffragettes back then in 1920 they would never have anticipated if we would still be talking 98 years later about how interesting and extraordinary it is that women are running for office in such numbers". 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".

Corker, who plans to retire at the end of this year, joined with Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey to draft legislation that would allow Congress to review and approve tariffs that are based on national security concerns.

"We have 278 nominees backed up now waiting for confirmation and we've got to get the government funded", said Sen.

"He's a terrific leader", said Utah Republican Sen.

"The U.S. has made such bad trade deals over so many years that we can only WIN!"

Several Democratic incumbents are locked in tough campaigns for re-election.

Ryan on Wednesday signaled there's no chance Congress will pass legislation to limit President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs, despite Republican lawmakers disagreeing with recent actions the president has taken against US allies.

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"The Constitution gives it to Congress", Toomey said.

"Instead, he should focus on building worldwide coalitions to hold bad actors accountable and protect American workers", said Warner. "Just like in school if you didn't do your work you have to stay after school and finish your work".

Some Republicans who attended the meeting also said any bill presented to the full House could not provide a "special pathway" to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamer immigrants, who are living in the United States after being brought here illegally as children. It would affect not only future actions, but any taken within the last two years. He reluctantly signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill in March as a matter of national security.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce quickly endorsed it, saying 'this modest proposal to clarify congressional prerogatives is welcome and long overdue'.

Flake is one of the few Republicans who repeatedly takes on Trump, and he has separately offered a bill that would reverse the steel and aluminum tariffs, with support from Democratic Sen.

Farm-state senators are particularly concerned about retaliatory tariffs that would close off foreign markets to pork and key crops like soybeans and corn. "He has a good political sense", said Sen.

"Now we've got this trigger of "we can do this" and "we have an obligation to do this" there's more of an unwillingness to sit by when we're represented by less than 20% of the people in Congress being women".

Challenging Trump comes with its own risks, from alienating his supporters to taking voters' attention off a healthy economy before the midterm elections.

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