They're anxious about a wider trade war spiking prices for home-state businesses and consumers if Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs, as planned, on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
"Doing anything around here is like pushing a major boulder up hill", Corker said.
"I fail to see the national security threat when a Pennsylvanian decides to buy a Toyota Corolla", Toomey said.
Perdue said he would like to avoid the "last-minute drama of a September 30 deadline" when lawmakers would have to choose between a government shutdown or voting for a giant and unwieldy omnibus spending bill.
"Recognize that any legislative solution has to be signed by the president", said Sen.
Republicans are aiming to maintain control in the Senate, they now only have a 51-46 majority, leaving McConnell's future as Senate Majority Leader up in the air.
Senators who attended the White House meeting included some members of the GOP leadership team, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming.
Freedom Partners' James Davis said trade is a "top priority" as the groups "work aggressively to educate policymakers and others". "Part of this job is persuasion", said Cornyn.
Yet for Republicans, who worked furiously behind the scenes in March to defang the administration's steel and aluminum tariff proposal, it's a fight that has long existed even if the willingness for it to come the forefront was tempered by outside factors. The bill requires the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the name of national security and provides for speedy consideration.
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While many Republicans - including GOP leaders - have released blistering statements and worked behind the scenes to encourage Trump to change his mind on enacting steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days.
Moments later, Senator Joseph A. Griffo, a Republican from the Utica area who often serves as presiding officer, also criticized Ms. Hochul.
Corker's effort has been bolstered by another strong-willed supporter: Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Anyone who doesn't back their free trade principles is "going to have a harder time getting support from our network", an official with the Koch network told Quartz.
Democrats say Trump secured a record number of circuit court judges in his first year, 12, to just three for Obama in his first year.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) said, "What we witnessed is really unfortunate".
Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, are likely anxious that a full five-week break would leave insufficient time to hammer out spending, increasing the possibility of a crippling government shutdown at the height of campaign season.
Currently, there are 10 Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump carried in 2016.
For the plan to go ahead, it will rely heavily on support from Democratic lawmakers, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would be open to considering once he gets a look at the text of the plan.
Democrats responded by embracing the new work schedule. "Congress has shared our responsibility when it comes to trade with the executive branch over the last couple of decades, and I think that's something that we need to reevaluate, " he said on CBS's "Face the Nation".