On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: McConnell said that the issue was discussed with administration officials during the weekly Tuesday afternoon GOP policy luncheon and that talks with Mexican officials appear to be going well.)
CAPITOL HILL – That was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) saying at a news conference following the Tuesday Senate Leadership lunch that he and his fellow Republicans hope an agreement can be reached to convince President Donald Trump not to follow through with a plan to impose tariffs on Mexico.
Multiple sources say that Senate Republicans pushed back hard against two administration officials who joined the senate lunch. Some senators told the officials that President Trump might face a veto-proof majority in opposition to his tariffs.
When asked if the Senate might consider legislation to block the tariffs from going into effect, McConnell said:
(Audio: McConnell reiterated that he hopes they do not go into effect.)
In that vein, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says of trade talks with Mexico:
(Audio: Joni Ernst says she is very concerned about tariffs)
While Republican senators are struggling to contain a trade war they indicate they don’t want to have, Trump attacked the Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on his trade position in a tweet:
Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019
Looking forward, in a nod to progressive Democrats who have lobbied for Medicare for all and universal single-payer health-care coverage, the House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing next week on the proposal.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill