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09 June 2018, 02:30 | Erica Roy
U.S. Senate leader points to farm bill vote around July 4
A successful discharge petition requires the signatures of 218 House members.
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell has been skeptical of pursuing laws, even as he opposes the administration's actions. The bill is now stalled in the Senate, despite 55 out of the 63 Senators sponsoring it. He's hoping to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass defense authorization bill that is expected to come to the Senate floor this week.
"The implications of these tariffs are significant - on our own producers and businesses because of retaliatory tariffs we're now seeing and on our relationships with our allies who could use the same claims of national security to impose tariffs on us", Heitkamp said.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is canceling all but one week of the Senate's traditional August recess, apparently to keep Democrats off the campaign trail.
"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", McConnell said in a statement that made official a decision that had been anticipated for weeks.
McConnell cites a "judicial crisis" of empty seats that still need to be filled - ignoring the fact that the reason so many seats remain open is because the Senate GOP refused to confirm President Barack Obama's nominations. Democrats say focus on health care, while Republicans want to approve more of President Donald Trump's nominees. "That's happened only 24 times in the first two years over the last six presidents".
McConnell also said late last week at an event in Kentucky that there was "not much" Congress could do legislatively on tariffs. They should be trying to make a deal on immigration reform that beefs up border security and gives legal status to those covered by DACA. "Let's be really crystal: a fifth-grade reading of the rules would demonstrate that every point that was raised was a valid point of order. and if the lieutenant governor or anyone else standing at the rostrum doesn't feel compelled to follow the rules and [is] ad-libbing, I'm going to stand up every single time". The lawmakers want to show voters ahead of the midterm elections that they are working in lockstep with the president and his agenda. "I've got to get a farm bill done".
"I move to withdraw our approval of the amendment", DeFrancisco said.
He accused Democrats of "slow-walking" the confirmation process for Trump's nominees, pointing out that Republicans have already had to file cloture 101 times during Trump's time in office.
Key Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are pushing longshot legislation that would require Congress to sign off on President Trump's import tariffs, a rare attempt to stand up to the administration on a bedrock issue that once defined the GOP.
As for the eight judicial nominees waiting to emerge from the Senate committees and the two now waiting on the floor, McConnell said, "They'll all be done this year".
After the Senate adjourned without taking up any other business since the dust-up in early afternoon, Flanagan noted the 130 bills passed Monday.
When it comes to the bigger items such as this bill on reproductive rights, gun control, and others, the Senate Republicans have been mostly refusing to allow them to progress far enough for a vote. "And two months ago, we knocked off another three".
"I think if we can actually get some things done for the American people, that's a good thing", said Sen.
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News broke Monday that Witherspoon is in negotiations with MGM to make another film about her popular alter-ego, Elle Woods. She originated the role in the 2001 comedy and reprised it for 2003'sLegally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.