Group of 10 senators challenge Trump over tariffs

07 June, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Senator Lamar Alexander is also polling his colleagues on legislative items Congress often struggles with an agenda in an election year

Trump took office promising to rip up trade deals and crack down on unfair trading practices.

Even with the growing support, Corker says it won't be easy to force the president to give up some power on trade.

This afternoon, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a new bill that takes away Trump's right to pass tariffs on products that the Department of Commerce deem important to national security.

Many Republicans are hesitant to confront Trump in a legislative showdown that could end badly for them. But it doesn't look great.

Roberts hesitated though on whether he could back the bill.

Several lawmakers have said justifying tariffs on national security grounds was hurting USA credibility and inviting retaliation that would hurt an otherwise solid economy.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told reporters: "There is a growing frustration that the administration is not listening to the concerns of the Congress on the tariffs".

"Tariffs are taxes on American consumers".

The push being pursued by Corker, Toomey and others who have been meeting privately - and with Democrats - would be narrowly crafted legislation requiring congressional approval of the tariffs Trump has imposed in the name of national security.

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The sponsors have said they expect to have enough signatures, but House Republican leaders oppose the effort and have called a party meeting for Thursday to discuss the issue.

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 United States allies in the European Union, Canada and Mexico, Republicans leaders have shown very little appetite to actually defy Trump legislatively in recent days.

Nonetheless Corker's amendment represents the most significant attempt thus far by Republican lawmakers to arrest Trump's protectionist trade agenda.

The nine senators joining Corker in the legislation include a mix of Republicans and Democrats, including fellow Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander and North Dakota Democratic Sen.

"I understand there's a fear- fearful of the president, let's be honest", Corker said of his Senate GOP colleagues.

The bill would also apply retroactively to any decisions made over the past two years, meaning Mr. Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent duty in steel imports and a 10 percent duty on aluminum could be subject to congressional approval.

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.

A bipartisan group of USA senators, led by Sen.

"The staggering negative impact of the administration's proposed tariffs is already being felt by workers and businesses across the country", said Senator Flake. "Insofar as fairness and reciprocity and, ultimately, free trade, I think this is contributing to our economic growth and our confidence". "This modest proposal to clarify congressional prerogatives is welcome and long overdue".

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