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

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms, so, gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because we're taking - rightly so - the responsibility we have to deal with tariffs and revenues.

Corker said he'd talked with the president about the amendment, who tried to persuade him not to pursue it. Republicans across the board have expressed concern about the Trump administration's recently-announced tariffs, but few of them are willing to potentially undercut the president. "You know, I think about the things that we generally speaking have stood for. sort of where the Republican Party has been traditionally and were it is today is quite divergent", Corker told reporters. We can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president, the president of the United States.

Its backers had hoped for a Senate vote as soon as this week by including the legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019, or NDAA, a sweeping defense policy bill that Congress passes every year.

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.

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 is offering his tariff proposal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is now debating and could approve later this week.

Inhofe said he wants to see Corker's legislation advance in some other way, but that seems unlikely. "The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker amendment so we're going to do everything we can to block it". "Absolutely because it's all about the next election, right?" said Corker, who is retiring after 2018. Corker exclaimed. "I would bet that 95 percent of the people on this side of the aisle support, intellectually, this amendment". And a lot of them would vote for it if it came to a vote. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways If people don't like it, they can vote up or down. Lindsey Graham of SC said it was unlikely there would be amendment votes and placed the blame squarely on Sen. Graham called the amendment "ill-conceived". "We're not going to give it up".

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