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GOP Pushes Back on President Trump’s Tariff Policy

Posted July 12, 2018

Legislation would require congressional review of any tariffs proposed under a national security authority known as Section 232, such as President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, lawmakers say in statement.

Under a bill introduced by Republican Reps. Mike Gallagher, Mark Sanford, Leonard Lance and Ryan Costello and Democratic Reps. Ron Kind and Jimmy Panetta, Congress would have a 60-day period to review proposed tariffs, under measure, which would apply to all future tariff moves as well as those taken in last two years. The bill is limited to Sec. 232 tariffs where national security is cited as a justification; it likely wouldn’t affect so-called Sec. 301 tariffs like proposed ones unveiled recently against Chinese goods.

Bob Corker, (R-TN) has pushed for similar legislation in the Senate. The bill has yet to receive a vote, though the Senate did back a non-binding measure instructing congressional negotiators to include the provision in an unrelated spending bill.

By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance