Sen. Jeff Flake introduces legislation to nullify Trump's plan to raise tariffs

Sen. Jeff Flake introduces legislation to nullify Trump's plan to raise tariffs

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake is among more than a 100 Republican members of Congress who unsuccessfully urged President Trump to reconsider the broad levies on steel and aluminum imports.

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.

"If we fail to do this and we continue to withdraw from the global marketplace, we're going to be left far behind", Flake said, pointing to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as an example.

And with midterm elections looming, the extraordinary backlash from the president's Republican Party sets up a showdown between the chief executive and his own majority lawmakers.

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House Republicans, hoping to avoid having to push legislation on the issue, had previously hoped the president would scale back his tariff proposal before finalizing it. When Trump first brought up tariffs last week, "no one at the State Department, the Treasury Department or the Defense Department had been told that a new policy was about to be announced or given an opportunity to weigh in in advance", according to an NBC report. "There may be people who lose less". And, you know, when we only represent just over 20% of the world's economy, only 5% of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow. "It's something I'm very upset about".

"We are extremely anxious about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said last week. "They (the administration) truly believe that tariffs is the way to go". Slapping aluminum and steel imports with tariffs of this magnitude is misguided. Mike Lee, R-Utah. He introduced legislation in January that would amend a 1974 trade law to require the president to get congressional approval before making any major trade policy moves, including imposing new tariffs.

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

Brown has always been a critic of free-trade agreements, opposing NAFTA since its inception when he was a congressman.

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