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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday sought an up-or-down vote on his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hi.), Ron Johnson (R-Wi.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Flake (R-Az.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ben Sasse (R-Ne.), and Jerry Moran (R-Ks.).

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. Our farm folks are worried about NAFTA. Our auto manufacturers are worried about Canada and Mexico and what’s happening in Europe. Our steel and aluminum folks are concerned. I haven’t heard a person that hasn’t had some degree of concern. And all my amendment would do is say, ‘Look, Mr. President, you go negotiate, but when you finish, come back, and as senators and as House members, let us vote up or down.’”

“I was asked to find a solution to this ‘blue slip’ issue, and I found one that’s used as customarily as waking up in the morning and drinking a cup of coffee. It happens all the time. This in no way has any effect on our ability to pass the NDAA in a timely fashion.”

 

“I can’t believe it. I would bet that 95 percent of the people on this side of the aisle support intellectually this amendment. I would bet that. I would bet higher than 95 percent. And a lot of them would vote for it if it came to a vote. But, no, no, no. ‘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. People can vote up or down. But, no, the United States Senate right now, on June the 12th, is becoming a body where, ‘Well, we’ll do what we can do, but, my gosh, if the president gets upset with us then we might not be in the majority. And so let’s don’t do anything that might upset the president.’”  

  

Senator 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. He was asked by Senate leadership to fix the issue, which is what he sought to do on the Senate floor. He asked for unanimous consent to place the current NDAA text on a House-passed revenue shell. Changing the shell of a bill is routinely done as part of the legislative process, including on the fiscal year 2017 NDAA. He also asked that his amendment be called up and made in order so the body could vote up or down on the merits of the amendment. If his unanimous consent agreement had been adopted, nothing else related to the NDAA or where the Senate currently is in the process would have changed. As the floor manager, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) objected.

 

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) called out his colleagues on the Senate floor, insisting President Trump be given the room he needs to negotiate trade deals that are in the best interest for American workers and consumers. He said, "The President’s efforts to make America more competitive and level the playing field have been constantly undercut by members of both parties.

 

He listed these Highlights:

 

Business Perspective: “I have worked in the trade environment internationally most of my career. I can tell you for a fact that in the last 40 years we have been in a trade war.”

 

Fixing Imbalances: “When it comes to trade – including trade with some of our closest allies – America isn’t being treated fairly and hasn’t been for some time.”

 

Career Of Negotiations: “Like me, President Trump is an outsider to this political process. He is a business guy who spent his career successfully negotiating deals all over the world. For years, he has seen how American has often been treated unfairly when it comes to trade.”

 

Approach Is Working: “As we’ve seen in his personal career and his presidential career over the last 15 months – with NATO, South Korea, and at the historic summit in North Korea – President Trump’s approach is working.”

  

Stop Undercutting Negotiations: “I’m tired of senators trying to undercut President Trump at every turn, especially in the middle of a negotiating process.”

 

Quit Jeopardizing Credibility: “It’s remarkably shortsighted for politicians to complicate the situation with this ZTE Amendment. I believe it will undercut our ability to negotiate, and it jeopardizes our negotiators credibility.”

 

Tough Conversations: “If you want meaningful results on trade, you have to have courage to have serious, tough conversations with other countries, regardless of how many headaches it may cause for some folks back in Washington.”

 

America First: “To those who say this President is only picking winners and losers, let me say this: the only winner President Trump is picking is America.”

 

 



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