McConnell Waves Red Flag on Senate Immigration Bill

Marsha Scott
June 9, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he would not allow the Corker tariff proposal to be brought up as a freestanding bill.

"Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled", the Kentucky Republican said in a statement. "He is scared to death. that Republicans might lose control over the Senate", Sanders said.

On June 5, McConnell announced that he would be suspending the Senate's upcoming August recess - instead giving lawmakers just one week to return to their home states before requesting their presence back in the Capitol.

Asked if the move was a shot across the bow aimed at his political opponents, McConnell responded, "If you look at the amount of work that we have to do, it's conceiveable to me that we can't use these weeks, even with cooperation, we've got a lot of approproiation bills to pass".

One possibility under consideration is to attach the legislation to the National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass military spending bill that will be debated on the Senate floor this week and could be put to a vote as early as next week.

The effort faces an uphill climb - both on the politics and in the strategy, GOP leadership has been wary of the repercussions of moving to directly challenge the President especially in an election year where Republicans are counting on Trump's loyal supporters to keep them in the Senate majority.

The new schedule could also enable their Republican challengers - many of whom hail from the private sector or state government - to have the states to themselves during the late summer stretch.

By mid-afternoon, House GOP leaders had released no updates on their plans for a five-week break beginning July 27.

Currently, there are 10 Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump carried in 2016. Republicans have nine on the ballot.

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Republicans are working with a narrow 51-49 majority as Sen.

Senate Democratic leaders said they welcomed the additional time to address health care costs, including prescription drug prices.

"I think if we can actually get some things done for the American people, that's a good thing", said Sen.

The president remains popular in numerous ruby-red states, including in, where he campaigned for the Republican Senate nominee, Mike Braun, and bashed Democratic Sen.

They also say President Trump's push to let customers hold "short-term plans" for a full year, and let trades band together into "association plans", are spooking insurers who think much-needed customers will flee the Obamacare markets. John Boozman, a Republican from Rogers. Democratic senators sponsoring the bill are Sens.

Freedom Partners' James Davis said trade is a "top priority" as the groups "work aggressively to educate policymakers and others".

On average, the Senate has taken 86 days to confirm a Trump nominee, more than any of the four previous presidents, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

Information for this article was contributed by Sean Sullivan and Paul Kane of The Washington Post; by Alan Fram and Kevin Freking of The Associated Press; and by Frank Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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