Jeff Flake Drafting Bill To Kneecap Trump On Trade Policy

Saul Bowman
March 11, 2018

While others, like Sen.

"I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy", Sen.

Hatch, whose committee oversees trade issues, has joined the growing ranks of congressional Republicans in opposing sweeping tariffs on all imports of the two oft-used metals in domestic manufacturing. "Simply put: This is a tax hike on American manufacturers, workers and consumers", Hatch said.

The president announced a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum and a 25 percent tax on imported steel, carving out exceptions for imports from Canada and Mexico.

Congress had planned to do the FAA and WRDA measures this year anyway, separate of the larger infrastructure push from President Donald Trump and his administration.

The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from tariffs under national security "carve-outs". Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, before the announcement.

"I don't know that there is a legislative fix that will garner the support in both chambers that will be able to override a veto because that's what would have to happen", said Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., "So I'm sure there's going to be bills and co-sponsors, but it would be disingenuous to suggest there will be enough votes to override a veto".


As the president dug in on his position, any potential compromise with foreign trading partners and Republican lawmakers was expected to still include some form of tariffs.

"I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences", Ryan said. He said he was glad Trump included an exemption for Canada and Mexico but said he would press the White House for more changes.

Tax reform became law in the closing days of 2017, and by the time Trump's State of the Union address rolled around, the only Republicans sniping at the president were outliers like Flake or Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not offer any hints about whether he would support a move to overturn the tariffs through legislation. Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday sent a letter to the president urging him to refocus his efforts on opening markets for USA exports without hurting domestic businesses and consumers.

"Important questions remain about whether ultimately these tariffs will be sufficiently targeted, tailored and limited".

"Congress in so many areas has ceded power and authority to the president", said Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"This was a big payment, $130,000 payment, to keep information away from voters that voters probably would have cared about when they were walking into the election booth back in November of 2016", Ryan said.

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