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Grassley: 'Congress has delegated too much authority to the president'
By John Bowden - 06/11/19 05:11 PM EDT

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sounded off on President Trump's use of executive authority on tariff action on Tuesday, accusing Congress of improperly giving up its power to the White House.

During a call with reporters first reported by Politico, the Iowa senator and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said tariff actions should be decided by elected lawmakers in Congress rather than by the president's fiat.

"It adds up to something pretty simple: Congress has delegated too much authority to the president of the United States," he said, according to Politico.

"There’s absolutely no constitutional crisis that this president or any other president has created," Grassley reportedly continued. "The constitutional crisis comes from the elected representatives of the people over the last 80 years making a dictator out of the presidency."

Grassley went on to state that "a lot" of progress had been made on a bill he is working on to strip the executive branch of some tariff authority.

“You can imagine how the president feels about tariffs,” he reportedly said. “He may not look favorably on this, so I want a very strong vote in my committee and then, in turn, a very strong vote on the floor of the Senate.”

“This is not about Trump. It’s about the balancing of power,” Grassley added, according to Politico.



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