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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:46 PM

Senate approves symbolic criticism of Trump's tariffs following failed efforts to block them

Source: The Washington Post


By Erica Werner
July 11 at 1:25 PM

The Senate on Wednesday resoundingly voted to seek an expanded congressional role in overseeing President Trumpís tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing GOP alarm over the presidentís trade war.

The 88-11 vote came on a nonbinding measure asserting ďa role for CongressĒ when Trump imposes tariffs in the name of national security, as heís done with steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Although the provision has no power to force any changes from the White House, it represents Republicansí first concrete step toward reining in a protectionist agenda that has upended decades of GOP support free trade. Republicans have spent months criticizing Trumpís trade moves in public and private, but they have so far failed to stop them.

Wednesdayís vote does not achieve that goal either. But supporters presented it as a potential first step toward passing legislation giving Congress veto power over some of Trumpís trade moves.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-symbolic-rebuke-senate-votes-to-seek-congressional-role-in-president-trumps-tariff-decisions/2018/07/11/def7d556-851a-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html

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DonViejo Wednesday OP
mahatmakanejeeves Wednesday #1
FBaggins Wednesday #2
malthaussen Wednesday #3
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:47 PM

1. Symbolic ain't squat. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:53 PM

2. It's close to their only option

The alternative is to pass a law... which of course he needs to sign. Existing law gives him pretty broad authority to do just about whatever he wants with tariffs.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 01:57 PM

3. A ruler to the wrist would hurt more...

... and mean about as much.

-- Mal

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:10 PM

4. By the time these idiots in Congress do anything, it's going to be too late...nt

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