GOP senator working on bill responding to Trump's tariff actions
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GOP Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump seeks to quell Russia furor MORE (Tenn.) is working on legislation responding to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE's decision to impose steep steel and aluminum tariffs on key trading partners, the senator's office announced Monday.

"Senator Corker is working with a number of colleagues to develop legislation that would address the administration’s recent actions to intervene in markets by abusing the president’s national security authorities," said Micah Johnson, a spokeswoman for Corker.

How the Republican senator's forthcoming legislation would respond to Trump's recent decision to move forward with tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico is unclear.

Corker, who is retiring after his current term and has at times been a vocal critic of Trump's policies, separately told CNN that he has begun discussions about legislation. Corker has argued that Trump is “abusing the authorities given to him."

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Corker's decision to press forward with legislation comes after he said over the weekend that he was working with other GOP senators on "ways to push back on the president using authorities in ways never intended and that are damaging to our country and our allies." 
 
Trump is using Section 232 of the trade law, which allows tariffs to be placed on imports in the name of national security. But GOP lawmakers argue the penalties on steel and aluminum imports don't meet the qualifications under the provision. 
 
GOP Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Utah) introduced legislation last year that would require congressional approval for the implementation of tariffs. The bill picked up the support of GOP Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (Pa.) late last week after Trump announced his decision to move ahead with tariffs.
 
But any legislation faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Congress. Though Republican leaders have distanced themselves from Trump's trade policies, they have shown few signs they will try to rein in Trump's authority on tariffs.
 
 
John CornynJohn CornynSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash McConnell: Russians are not our friends Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, also downplayed on Monday that Congress would ultimately pass legislation or that Trump would sign such a bill. 
 
“I think that's primarily an executive branch function, and I don’t really see Congress passing and getting a presidential signature on something constraining his authority,” Cornyn told reporters.