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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Corker blasts fellow Republicans
US Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee doesn't like the tariffs that President Donald Trump has imposed on a number of imports. The president did so saying they are required in the national defense. So Corker introduced an amendment to a bill, requiring that any tariffs be reviewed by Congress but Republican congressional leaders won't allow the amendment to be considered. That has Corker upset. On the floor of Congress this week, he blasted fellow Republicans because, “we might upset the presdent of the United States, before the midterms. We might upset the president, so we are doing everthing we can to block the Corker amendment.” A number of Tennessee farmers have urged the U.S. House delegation from Tennessee to oppose the president's steel and aluminum tariffs, saying they will negatively impact the state's agricultural industry. Agriculture is the largest sector in Tennessee's economy. The 42 farmers point out that the tariffs will raise prices for farmers who want to buy new equipment, expand production or renovate farm buildings and storage. They argue that anticipated retaliatory tariffs would make it more difficult to export Tennessee crops to other countries. The farmers also say market instability and volatility caused by the nearly daily changes in tariffs and the resulting retaliation will reduce their income. "The negative impact of these political games will be felt far and wide," the farmers say. The letter specifically calls for opposition to the tariffs from Republican U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, a U.S. Senate candidate; and Diane Black, who is running for governor. The two have aligned themselves with the president in their respective races.

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