Congressional Republicans Unlikely To Act To Counter Trump on Tariffs

Immediately after President Trump unveiled his controversial trade tariffs Thursday, one Republican senator urged Congress to overturn them and another GOP lawmaker blasted the move as a tax hike.

House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter A. DeFazio said an infrastructure funding bill can not pass without new revenue attached to it.

"The Constitution gives the responsibility to the Congress and the Congress has consistently delegated these powers to the executive branch", Sasse said.

Trump will impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent for aluminum but exempted Canada and Mexico. On Monday, the U.S. Court of International Trade, which hears cases involving trade and customs law, dismissed a challenge by a group of Canadian solar panel manufacturers that sought to block a 30 percent Trump tariff on imported solar cells. A WTO decision wouldn't halt USA tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners.

USA trade policy has always been written with the intent to give the president broad authority to handle global trade without Congress nitpicking the details.

Before Trump's announcement, Flake said he believed "a number of people" would draft legislation to nullify the tariffs.

"I'm not even - I haven't put a second of thought into this", Ryan said, a look of frustration visible on his face. The cost of new appliances, cars and buildings will rise for Americans if the president follows through, they warn, and other nations could retaliate.

Speaking to employees of Home Depot in Atlanta, Ryan, a Republican, added: "I'm just not a fan of broad-based, across-the-board tariffs because I think you'll have a lot of unintended consequences".

But those exemptions weren't enough to placate congressional Republicans who have traditionally opposed protectionist action on trade.

Just a few months after he helped drive Trump's landmark tax reform through Congress, Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed astonishment at the president's decision. Party leaders have voiced rare public concern about the president's policies.

"I'm not sure there are any winners in trade wars", said Johnson, who ran a plastics manufacturing business in Wisconsin before being elected to the Senate.

Lawmakers have a finite amount of time to try to soften the tariffs.

Flake said even with the exemptions, the tariffs would cause "tremendous damage" to America's diplomatic relationships across the world. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. The current FAA reauthorization is up March 31, but Congress is likely to pass a temporary fix in the spending bill before a formal reauthorization this summer.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said he wanted to see what Trump produces, but he believes Trump is "painting with too broad a brush".


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