Jeff Flake to Write Bill to Nullify Trump Tariffs

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

"Many of the countries that treat us the worst on trade and on military are our allies".

The Business Roundtable also blasted Trump: "These tariffs are a major unforced error by President Trump, putting America's economic progress at risk".

Another law grants extensive powers to the president to negotiate trade agreements, allowing some 15 accords to be struck since 1979.

The outgoing Arizona senator, as well as pretty much every other mainstream Republican, is allergic to Trump's new protectionist measures on aluminum and steel imports.

Republicans do not like these tariffs. A WTO decision wouldn't halt USA tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners.

They threaten, given Trump's predilections, to undermine the open trading system that has contributed to American and global prosperity since World War II.

"As a Republican who believes in free trade, limited government, economic freedom, I couldn't be re-elected in my party right now", Flake said.

He's urging his colleagues to pass the bill before the administration inflicts "more damage on the economy".

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Senator Jeff Flake really loves free trade, and said he'll hit back at President Trump to prove it.

Flake abandoned his re-election bid a year ago because, he said, he did not want to compromise his integrity to try to win over pro-Trump voters in Arizona's August 28 Republican primary.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, outlined those concerns in a letter to the president released Tuesday. Some of them will be mildly helped by the president's tariffs.

During an interview with NBC's "Meet The Press" - which is hosted by Todd - on Sunday, Flake said the president's comments are at risk of becoming "normalized and we take as normal what is abnormal". Johnson demanded a host of data from the administration pertaining to its process of deciding to impose the tariffs.

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum risk undermining these positive economic developments by increasing input costs to American manufacturing and steel-dependent industries employing more than 17 million workers", he said.

Canada and Mexico will initially be exempt from the tariffs, but both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the scope of the tariffs is still too broad.

Turning a bill of that type into law would accomplish three good ends: stopping an economically destructive policy; promoting a healthier balance between the legislative and executive branches; and putting some distance between the Republican Party and Trump.

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