Congressional Republicans threaten action over Trump's tariffs

Congressional Republicans threaten action over Trump's tariffs

Senate Republicans were by-and-large unified in their opposition to the new 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports that Trump announced last Thursday.

It will be pretty interesting if Flake ends up introducing legislation to counter Trump's tariffs, potentially setting up yet another clash between the two politicians.

Flake, like many Republicans, has expressed deep concerns about Trump's plans to issue new tariffs on aluminum and steel and says he's ready to fight legislatively if needed.

Red state leaders are freaking out, and not only because majority oppose Trump's protectionist agenda: Many realize the real damage could come when US trading partners strike back - and the states that are going to pay the highest price are the GOP states that voted for Trump. Specifically, Kansans are concerned about China retaliating on US sorghum exports.

All of the heartburn was created by Trump's radical and hasty trade announcement. "This is very hard, I think, to address by legislation, and it's obvious the president certainly has his mind made up", Roberts said.

European Union leader Jean-Claude Juncker also warned President Trump against imposing the tariffs, saying that EU nations would retaliate by placing similar tariffs on US imported products like Kentucky bourbon and blue jeans. "We're going to see who is treating us fairly".

Both Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are planning hearings in coming weeks about the decision.

"Put simply, the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threaten to undermine that success", Hatch wrote.

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Business leaders continued to sound the alarm about the tariffs, with the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the specter of a global trade war.

"If there's a trade war and in response, tariffs are raised, that could even push down our supply in steel because it pushes down the demand", Professor Dempsey added.

But Flake said that was not enough and Congress must act.

One of those bills is by Sen. The conservative Washington Examiner, editorialising against the tariffs, notes that this delegation was "part of a disturbing trend of Congress handing excessive power over to the president".

"I think ultimately it can be good in the short term for steelworkers", said Assistant Professor of Economics at OSU Kyle Dempsey. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

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

There are a handful of Democrats who are on board with Trump's move, though. Sen.

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