Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Senate Leadership Blocks Up-Or-Down Vote On Corker Tariff Amendment

Sen. Bob Corker on the Senate floor Tuesday Sen. Bob Corker on the Senate floor Tuesday. Credit
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 20:55

They start off by inculcating some sense of group loyalty, then they are taught to disregard any external source of information - and, say, instead get their news from a source that is working for the cult, like Fox News - and pretty soon, they have lost any capacity to make independent judgments.

Corker last week was told that his amendment may have a so-called "blue slip" issue should it reach the House of Representatives, a technical issue that requires revenue-related legislation to originate in the House.

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 US allies, arguing they are needed for national security. "We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms, '" said Corker, referring to Sen.

Corker, who is not running for re-election, said some Republican lawmakers are willing to stand up to Trump, but the party leadership is fearful and wary of "poking the bear". Corker had assembled a bipartisan coalition of more than a dozen senators to sign onto his bill, which would have given Congress veto power over tariffs issued in the name of national security, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other members of leadership had been cool to it all along. We can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president, the president of the United States.

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Senator Corker said, "I haven't heard a single senator on our side that hasn't expressed concern to the president directly about what's happening with tariffs".

"I can't believe it", continued Corker. "We can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president, the president of the United States'". So gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because, we're taking rightly so, the responsibilities that we to do with tariffs and revenues. "I've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution, and to a degree that's what this race came down to".

But Corker said it had "no effect" on the Senate's ability to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019.

"'We might poke the bear' is the language I have been hearing in the hallways", he said. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Graham called the amendment "ill-conceived". "I know that no matter what I do, this is going to be objected to", he said.

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