Midterms are looming and they know if the economy is affected by Trump's irrational tariff stunt, they may not get re-elected.
"When asked if he'd invite players to the White House for a roundtable chat, the president said he doesn't have to do that". Senators, particularly from farm states, have lobbied Trump for months against starting a full-scale trade war that could dampen economic growth.
GOP Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa also attended the meeting.
U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today introduced legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs designated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Corker, a Tennessee Republican, is seeking to attach the measure next week to a popular annual defense measure under debate on the Senate floor.
"Congress ought to assert leadership in this situation and take away the "matches" the president seems intent on using to ignite a risky trade war". "And I understand that".
Cornyn said he couldn't predict how long it might take to agree on such legislation.
"The Constitution is clear: Congress has the authority to regulate commerce and oversee trade", said David French, senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Trump breaks with G7 joint statement
Mr Macron's office said France and other European Union countries would maintain their support for the final G7 communique. He pledged to impose retaliatory tariffs against the US , adding Canada "will not be pushed around".
The Trump administration, citing national security concerns, last week unveiled punishing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from the European Union, Canada, Japan and Mexico, among others, antagonising free-trade supporters in the US Congress. Congressional approval would be required for all future Section 232 actions, as well as those taken within the past two years, including the recent steel and aluminum tariffs. Why are Republicans supporting a bill against their Republican president?
"President Trump's global trade war is creating chaos here at home", said Hun Quach, vice president of worldwide trade at the retail leaders' group.
Several Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have expressed frustration with Trump's willingness to defy party orthodoxy and resort to punitive tariffs against allies, moves that they warn could spark trade wars that would end up hurting American producers, workers and consumers.
Some Republican lawmakers aren't backing down.
They mentioned an effort led by Sen. "It's not our charge to just go along because the president shares our party affiliation to throw out our long-held beliefs because it might complicate our political standing".
This reality doesn't seem to discourage the senators, who are aggressively moving forward with the bill.