GOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs
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GOP Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (Tenn.) is reviving his effort to rein in President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE on trade, setting up another fight between congressional Republicans and the White House. 

Corker told reporters on Wednesday that he wants to attach his legislation curbing Trump's tariffs authority to a federal aviation bill that needs to clear the Senate. 

"That's the ideal place for us to be," Corker said while discussing attaching his bill to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

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The aviation bill hasn't formally been scheduled for floor consideration, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE's (R-Ky.) office has said that it's on the Senate's to-do list. The current authorization for the agency expires Sept. 30.  

Corker noted that he has told GOP leadership he plans to try to link to his tariff bill to the FAA legislation, a move leadership has told him they don't support. The senator said leadership may not bring the bill to the floor if he tries to loop in the tariff fight. 

Corker's proposal would require the president to get congressional approval for tariffs implemented under the guise of national security. Trump, in an unusual move, used Section 232 of the trade law to slap steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including from longstanding trade allies like Canada and Mexico.  

“I understand the longer these tariffs are in place the more difficult it is to unwind that. I'm understanding the dynamic continues to evolve against our position," Corker told reporters. 

Trump's tariff moves have sparked backlash from some of his staunchest GOP allies on Capitol Hill, as well as from business groups that typically align with Republicans. 

But Corker and his allies within the GOP caucus, including Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (Ariz.), have struggled to move their legislation reining in Trump through the Senate.   

Republicans, though they have warned the administration against starting a trade war, have been reluctant to confront the president over tariffs.

Instead of trying to pass legislation, which, they note, Trump wouldn't sign, they've publicly and privately urged the White House to change course on its trade policy.  

Corker tried to attach the proposal to both a national defense bill and the farm bill and was blocked on both occasions. 

The Senate took a symbolic shot at Trump's tariff authority last month. In a non-binding vote, they backed giving Congress a role on Section 232 tariffs.