Key Senate Republicans seek to challenge Trump over tariffs

Senate Democrats plan to focus on health care during the month of August, following the announcement by the Republican majority that their summer recess was canceled.

"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 Tuesday. "He is scared to death. that Republicans might lose control over the Senate", Sanders said. McConnell's office said senators will likely be on a break for the first full week of August before returning for the rest of the month.

"I think that there's a lot of Democrats who are quietly like 'look, this is great what he's doing, '" Gardner said.

A senior Senate Democratic aide complained that canceling the recess will keep off the campaign trail several Democrats who are locked in tough campaigns for reelection during the November 6 midterms.

Several aides told CNN that for months the view was it was more productive to work quietly to register the concerns with the White House, and with the president himself, rather than pose an outright legislative challenge. Republicans have nine incumbents on the ballot.

Senators may be stuck in Washington in August but don't expect the House to follow suit. Joe Manchin, facing a tough re-election fight in a state Trump won overwhelmingly, has offered kind words for the President, and according to a recent profile in Politico, even left open the possibility he could back Trump in 2020.

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

Women's groups and some Democratic senators have accused the Republicans of being patronizing to Hochul.

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

He added, "We have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during those weeks".

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

Gardner posited that Democrats, many of whom have voiced support for Trump's harder line on trade talks, would balk at the idea of reining him in.

Republican Deputy Majority Leader and floor leader John DeFrancisco objected.

"The Appropriations Committee has been approving important pieces of legislation to fund our government, including my Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill, and I am pleased that Leader McConnell intends to put these bills at the top of the Senate's to-do list during this time". It was also backed by Democratic senators including Sen.

Soon after the defeat, Senate Republicans adjourned the session until Monday afternoon, June 4.Hochul said, "We are simply trying to say: allow this body to vote on bills that are important to the people of NY".

McConnell also urged Americans to take comfort in the record number of circuit court judges the Senate has managed to confirm under the Trump administration, despite Democrats' slow-walking.

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.

  • Rogelio Becker