Trump rolling out big trade tariffs, sparing Canada, Mexico

Clay Curtis
March 11, 2018

Flake, like many Republicans, has expressed deep concerns about Trump's plans to issue new tariffs on aluminum and steel and says he's ready to fight legislatively if needed.

Flake is now drafting legislation that would nullify the tariffs, worrying they will disrupt the economy.

Trump signed a 25 percent import tariff on steel and a 10 percent one on aluminum on Thursday, saying it was for both economic and national security.

His colleague Mike Lee, of the ultra-conservative Tea Party, immediately claimed congressional powers as defined in the Constitution's first article - which says the power to tax belongs to the legislature - promising "to make sure these tax hikes are never enforced".

Even noted progressive activist, and head of the AFL-CIO Union, Richard Trumka, is singing the President's praises.

Walker, during a pair of stops Wednesday at Wisconsin businesses that use imported steel, argued that the tariffs could force them to move production out of the United States to avoid the tariffs. "I don't think we should be going against the president before we see what the deal is". Sanford said. "I think you could probably point to a fair number of indications that suggest there would be". "It's something I'm very upset about". Congressional Republicans are anxious that Trump's trade policy will mitigate any economic benefits from their 2017 tax cuts, particularly in a midterm election year when Republicans want to run on a platform of economic success.

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The Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch, also criticized the tariffs but said he would work with the White House to "mitigate the damage".

The speaker has urged the president to reconsider imposing tariffs on foreign imports over fears of a possible trade war with America's closest allies.

Even then, Congress will have the opportunity to oppose the extension by passing a resolution of disapproval.

Gosar believes they can be an effective bargaining chip in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

For now, the top leadership has voiced a preference to collaborate with the administration to adjust and reduce the tariffs as much as possible, holding off on announcing a law. Janesville Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has made it clear that he is not in support of the President's move.

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