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09 June 2018, 02:30 | Devin Moran
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The legislation would provide additional funding to school districts with half-day kindergarten programs so they can more easily transition to full-day. 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. Bob Corker, R-Ten., listens during Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
But the second-ranking Republican, Sen.
"I move to withdraw our approval of the amendment", DeFrancisco said.
House leaders plan a two-hour private meeting of GOP lawmakers Thursday morning to hash out whether talks among the party's factions have produced an immigration compromise that can win broad support.
The Senate will cancel most of its annual August recess, majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, told senators on Tuesday, an election-year move that will force vulnerable Democratic senators to shuffle their campaign schedules.
"Not everything we do has to be legislative". He said lawmakers would "continue to make the case" with the president and his staff, which he noted is divided. But until we can deal with these unfair practices and so forth, we will not have fair trade.
Groups backed by the influential Koch brothers are launching a new campaign to oppose tariffs and highlight the benefits of free trade. The standoff is raising an uncomfortable question: If Republicans can't confront Trump on trade, can they challenge him on anything?
"All they need to do is put it on the floor and pass it, so we don't know why it's not getting done", Andrew Pallota, President of NYSUT, said.
Trump sparked backlash among congressional Republicans after the administration announced late last week that they were slapping steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, ending temporary exemptions for the key trading allies.
Republicans hope that approving more Trump nominations and legislation would show voters that the GOP-run government can produce results. It is one thing Corker acknowledged to reporters when he famous "doing something up right here is like pushing a significant boulder uphill". "It just doesn't pass the laugh test", Schumer said Tuesday.
"We can take up the immigration any time the Republican leadership, which controls the business of the House and Senate, decides it's a priority", he said.
Officially, it's 1,037,000 new jobs - and it's likely that the tax cut had some positive impact.
Corker described the call as "lengthy" and asked if it became tense, Corker said "we had a heartfelt conversation".
In North Dakota, exporting is critical for farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, Heitkamp said, "but the administration's wrongheaded trade policies are putting their livelihoods in jeopardy". "It isn't as if the dog has not barked", said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sponsored the bill.
But it's unclear what lawmakers are willing to do besides bark.
The Senate is expected to take a week away from D.C., for a district work period the week of August 6, before returning for the balance of the month, according to the revised schedule.
"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.
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