Joining Corker in introducing the plan was Democratic Sen. Besides Corker and Johnson, Republicans who have signed on include Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Johnny Isakson of Georgia. He pledged to veto an omnibus spending bill earlier this year.
IT wasn't exactly a surprise, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Tuesday announcement was a welcome one nonetheless.
"The U.S. has made such bad trade deals over so many years that we can only WIN!"
"The US business and agriculture community is profoundly concerned about how newly imposed tariffs - and the inevitable foreign retaliation arriving in the next few weeks - will lead to lost American jobs", Bradley said in a statement.
"Look, I think it should be in there".
Corker pitched the proposal to his fellow Republicans during their weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday.
But Republican leadership has shown little interest in picking a fight with Trump over tariffs. The bill requires the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the name of national security and provides for speedy consideration.
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He also said that the USA steel and aluminum industries have "been ravaged" by foreign trade policies, adding that "this is only the first step".
McConnell cites a "judicial crisis" of empty seats that still need to be filled - ignoring the fact that the reason so many seats remain open is because the Senate GOP refused to confirm President Barack Obama's nominations. Some critics of his recent trade moves also were there, including farm-state Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, defended the president's trade tactics against Canada and other allies, telling reporters at the White House press briefing Wednesday that the president is determined to equalize the playing field and not start trade wars.
Corker isn't alone on his side of the aisle. Sen.
He's also patient and willing to doing the plodding groundwork needed for legislative victories, like the ones he's trying to set up this summer that he believes will give voters reasons to keep Republicans in control of the Senate. Anyone who doesn't back their free trade principles is "going to have a harder time getting support from our network", an official with the Koch network told Quartz.
This new direction could even mean funding Democrats sometimes, the Koch official said. James Lankford (R., Okla.), chairman of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, has pushed for so-called gridlock reform to change the rules and allow nominees to get a floor vote more quickly.
But as he argued for Democrats demonstrating a substantial opposition to the Republican Party, Schumer declined to call on one of his party's own to not embrace the Republican President.
McConnell's decision upset Democrats, many of whom are up for re-election and would rather be home campaigning. 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 should be working nights and weekends now to get the results the American people sent us here to deliver", Perdue explained.