Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

GOP leader McConnell cancels Senate's August recess

GOP leader McConnell cancels Senate's August recess

The day began with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on the dais, presiding over the Senate.

In an "Ingraham Angle" exclusive interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled it's unlikely that the Senate will take up immigration reform legislation this year.

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But the Tennessee Republican told Trump that he planned to press ahead, even as the Senate Foreign Relations chairman acknowledged that some of his colleagues were "fearful" of crossing the President despite their objections to his tariff policy.

The matter now goes to the Assembly, where the bill earlier passed 133-0, but where Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie might not be as inclined to take on Cuomo.

Still, the legislation is picking up support from one of the Republican Party's chief constituencies, the business community.

In an odd twist, Lt. Gov. Cathy Hochul, Cuomo's running mate, presided over the debate.

"Well, I don't know about the House, but in the Senate it's not on our agenda", he said of considering immigration bills.

"Without a strong economy, you can't have a strong national security", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, giving the administration's justification for the tariffs.

Things calmed down for a short bit during resolutions, including honoring a 4-year-old boy from the Binghamton area who died recently from cancer.

Hostile amendments are nothing new, and this one on women's reproductive rights, has been brought up before. They sought to attach it to a bill toughening penalties against people who sponsor animal fighting.

"May I speak on the amendment?" "I've argued with Republicans and have been talked down to on the floor of the United States Congress", Hochul said.

"He's obviously not pleased with this effort", Corker told reporters in Washington.

For the media's sake, the partisan spin then began.

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"It's scripted, and you do the script", Stewart-Cousins said. "They are just so terrified about talking about women's health", she said of Republicans.

Democrats say the number of vacancies stems directly from Republicans blocking Obama's judicial nominees during his final two years in office.

That means it would undercut what has become a primary weapon in the administration's hardline ongoing trade negotiations with countries across the world - including close USA allies in the EU, Canada and Mexico.

Koch spokesman Philip Ellender said it's important that Congress reassert its constitutional authority on trade decisions, including tariffs, and that the company opposes policies that impose trade barriers that will ultimately hurt individuals, businesses and communities.

Flanagan said the Senate got more accomplished when Hochul wasn't presiding.

To recap, the Senate is now split 31-31 because of the decision of Sen.

"I still believe that the president is too smart to get us into a trade war and that this is all horse trading".

In a statement on May 24, Corker said that President Trump "abusing the authorities granted to him in Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962" was part of "a risky course and should be abandoned immediately".

"I'm not going to call it up free-standing", McConnell said. Democrats have far more incumbents seeking re-election this year, and keeping them off the trail could be to the GOP's advantage.

The moderates' effort has won the backing of GOP Sen. Thomas Croci, a Long Island Republican, to rejoin active duty in the Navy.

"Working through August gives us the ideal opportunity to tackle this pressing issue of health care", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Beyond political face-saving, at risk are hundreds of bills, affecting every region of the state on matters large and small, stalled because of the situation in the Senate.

"We can't just be anti-Trump", Schumer said Wednesday on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".

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