Jeff Flake to Write Bill to Nullify Trump Tariffs

13 March, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Jeff Flake to Write Bill to Nullify Trump Tariffs

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation to nullify President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Several Republicans, including Flake, have openly called the President's views on trade misinformed and misguided.

"Of course this will have to go through the usual litigation process, either the WTO or the courts to see how this works", Cornyn said at an energy conference in Houston.

The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors anxious about a potential trade war.

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.

Nearly certainly not. A rational calculation of their political interests will lead them to surrender to Trump, just as it always does. President Trump has a portrait of President Jackson in the Oval Office. The probe was authorized under the seldom-used Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which gives the president broad powers to impose restrictions on domestic security grounds.

"It's a conundrum, really, because you do not want 100 senators and our counterparts in the House doing basically any trade initiative".

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"Our factories were left to rot, and to rust all over the place".

In response, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) sail Thursday that he will soon draft a bill to block the tariffs from taking effect, calling Trump's move "a marriage of two lethal poisons to economic growth - protectionism and uncertainty".

Historically proponents of free trade, several Republicans dubbed the measures "stupid" and "misguided" - if the United States increases the cost of both materials, they hold, American producers of vehicles and other products will suffer setbacks on the global playing field, and consumers will pay more.

The report goes on to state that consumers can expect a price increase for products that are comprised of metals with tariffs on them, such as canned goods and appliances.

"I am not afraid of tariffs", Warren said March 11 on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked whether she supports Trump's trade policies.

That would-be challenger could be Mr. Flake, perhaps the party's staunchest Trump critic, who has declined to run for reelection in 2018. Furthermore, using "national security" as an excuse to unilaterally impose tariffs opens the door for other countries to do the same - allowing them to bypass long-established worldwide trade rules to gain an unfair advantage over American businesses and workers.

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