U.S. Senate leader cancels most of August recess

Henrietta Strickland
June 10, 2018

"He's a terrific leader", said Utah Republican Sen. 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.

Americans have complained for years about the do-nothing politicians in Congress. Obstructionism has dogged any substantial work for close to a decade as our elected officials spend more time arguing across the aisle than crafting useful legislation.

"As long as we have lots of nominations that aren't confirmed and appropriations bills that aren't passed, we should be here", Alexander said.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he met privately with other senators Monday and is drawing interest from both parties in such a measure.

Asked if Congress will act on trade, Sen. The White House says the meeting focused on reducing the US trade deficit by having China buy more agricultural and energy products.

"It's a difference of opinion", Corker said.

Hochul, a former congresswoman from western NY, said she's not ruffled by the opposing party's actions, and is not going to engage in "schoolyard politics". "What should be controversial about Congress exercising their authority?"

Alexander said he agrees with McConnell on staying behind to work through the usual August recess, but said he was willing to take on the Democrats on health care. "So, short answer: not on the agenda in the Senate". The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican senators were trying to "mansplain" the rules to the state's female lieutenant governor.

"Madame President, I'm still speaking", Flanagan said.

"From the standpoint from agriculture, what can happen if the president fails, yes I'm very nervous myself", Grassley said.

After all, without a long stretch at home, vulnerable GOP senators now have an excuse to avoid public meetings, town halls and other face-to-face forums where they would be forced to interact directly with their constituents. "The House is not", he said, noting that this is why it's so important for Republicans to retain their majority in the Senate following the 2018 midterm elections. "And I don't think he's OK with anything that I've seen coming our way", McConnell added.

The tariffs angered many Republicans, who fear they will touch off a trade war with American allies. "Some people may have political concerns, but we'll see where it goes".

"Under the trade law, the president has pretty much all the ability to do these things, so there's not much we can do to impact it". He said the Republicans upheld their end of the bargain by allowing the amendment to come to the floor. "He makes the anti-Trump argument himself". But that might not be constitutional. It strictly prohibits the Pentagon from working with any entity that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation, which is facing trade law violations over selling sensitive technologies to USA adversaries. "We want fair trade just like the president does but we want to know what his end game is". He said he also wants to take action on an immigration overhaul and legislation to revise policies that separate children from their families, but taking direct action is out of his hands.

"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said.

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