Inhofe said he wants to see Corker's legislation advance in some other way, but that seems unlikely. "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" "It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of, purportedly, of the same party". 'We might poke the bear.
When Tur brought up Corker again, Gaetz said, "I think that Senator Corker is a little upset that he got passed over for Secretary of State".
Corker has worked for the last week to try to get a vote on his amendment that would roll back Trump's trade authority and give Congress the power to check the President's ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds, like the steel and aluminum ones he announced earlier this month on United States allies. "Gosh, we might poke the bear" is the language I've been hearing in the hallways", Corker said.
Senator Corker said, "I haven't heard a single senator on our side that hasn't expressed concern to the president directly about what's happening with tariffs. We are the ones that, per the Constitution, have been charge with the ability - actually the responsibility to deal with tariffs; to deal with revenues".
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"I can't believe it", Corker exclaimed.
Corker excoriated his Republican colleagues for being too afraid to upset Trump by rebuking a policy position of his that a majority of Republicans privately find very harmful to the economy. And a lot of them would vote for it if it came to a vote. "The president of the United States might get upset with us, '" Corker mocked his colleagues as saying.
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.
The idea that Corker's amendment could upset the president is fairly obvious, given that trade is one of the areas Trump has been consistent on for years.
Corker conceded that Senate leadership would not allow a vote on his amendment even though it has bi-partisan support and 14 co-sponsors. James Inhofe used a procedural method to block the amendment, prompting Corker to take his frustrations to the Senate floor.