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Trump Trade War - US Senate demands a say

Steel News - Published on Fri, 13 Jul 2018

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South China Morning Post reported that the US Senate voted resoundingly on July 11 to seek a congressional role in some of US President Donald Trump’s tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing Republican alarm over the president’s trade war. The 88-11 vote came on a non-binding procedural measure asserting “a role for Congress” when Trump imposes tariffs in the name of national security, as he has done on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

The provision is toothless, but it represents the first concrete step by Republicans toward reining in a protectionist agenda that has upended decades of the party’s dogma in support of free trade. Republicans have spent months wringing their hands over Trump’s trade moves and arguing against them in public and private, but have failed to do anything to stop them.

Supporters of Wednesday’s vote presented it as an important statement, and potentially a first step toward ultimately passing legislation giving Congress veto power over some of Trump’s trade moves.

Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who is stepping down at the end of his term said that “This is a rebuke of the president’s abuse of trade authority I’m so glad that Congress is finally, finally pushing back on this. We have neglected our constitutional role.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 13 Jul 2018
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