Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

USA senators introduce legislation to limit Trump's authority to impose tariffs

USA senators introduce legislation to limit Trump's authority to impose tariffs

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said the idea of a president pardoning oneself is "troubling" and seems inconsistent with the fundamentals of the Constitution.

The bill, introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and other nine senators, would require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under the Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Right now, the president is implementing tariffs on our allies, like Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - countries that don't pose national security threats but which are critical trading partners for North Dakota.

Several Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have expressed frustration with Trump's willingness to defy party orthodoxy and resort to punitive tariffs against allies, moves that they warn could spark trade wars that would end up hurting American producers, workers and consumers.

The Trump administration used that same provision of the act to propose tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Corker said the "vast majority" of Senate Republicans agree with the policy to limit Trump's imposition of tariffs.

The tariffs, which were issued under Section 232 provisions of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act meant to allow protection of national security, have triggered widespread retaliation against United States exports. He later told the press, "I talked at length with the president about it today".

In early March, the president announced a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum.

As the 2 global locations feud, they're, together with Mexico, additionally within the midst of discussions to renegotiate the phrases of the North American Free Commerce Settlement, or NAFTA.

Johnson, who was additionally on the assembly, mentioned the president spent two hours with the lawmakers yesterday giving them better perception into what he's attempting to do.

It's a longshot legislative strategy, but the group is working quickly to try to produce an amendment in time for an upcoming debate on a separate defense bill. Susan Collins said if Trump pardoned himself he would risk a firestorm and action taken against him.

And other Republicans are anxious Trump is spending too much time making flimsy national security arguments and not enough time focused on legitimate national security threats like Chinese telecom ZTE, which the Pentagon and intelligence community have long maintained poses a national security threat because it can use its devices as surveillance tools. In exchange, ZTE will pay a fine and install an American-run compliance board.

The hard-line rhetoric comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross returns from China as part of the ongoing trade discussions. "Hopefully, there's an opportunity in course on that", Rubio informed ABC.

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