Trump’s tariffs seem to have put a thorn in the side of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCollum and quite of few GOPers as well. How do they handle the proposal by the President, or do they handle it at all? What are the implications if they do or don’t and try to hedge their bets for the 2018 mid-term elections. Let us take a little peek at that here.
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Bob Corker’s onboard too. What are the odds that the two lame ducks in the Senate would be among the most vocal opponents of the new policy?
Will McConnell dare bring Flake’s bill to the floor for a vote? I hope so. We deserve to know how many “fiscal conservatives” are prepared to roll over and vote for King Donald’s right to slap arbitrary taxes on consumer goods because they’re afraid of Hannity running a nasty segment about them or whatever. Let’s put everyone on the record on Flake’s bill. I don’t think McConnell will do it, though. As sympathetic as he is to Flake’s position, I’m sure, he cares more about protecting the party’s midterm candidates than holding an almost certainly futile vote to undo Trump’s protectionism. If you want Dean Heller to hold his seat in Nevada, forcing him to choose between pissing off Republicans back home by defying Trump and supporting job-killing tariffs that might wreck the GOP this fall is a weird way to do it.
Besides, by what right should power over trade be housed in, um, the people’s elected representatives?
“Some of us are just waiting to see what he does, and then we’ll draft legislation quickly to nullify it,” said Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday. “That’s what I’m going to do.”…
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he is considering backing legislation to require congressional approval for such actions.
“Congress in so many areas has ceded power and authority to the president,” said Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We should probably start ….
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