GOP Lawmakers Voice Little Support For Trump's Tariffs

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2018

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.

Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters he thought Congress could stop the tariffs from being implemented.

In the Senate, Republicans are opposing the duties en masse, with Senator Jeff Flake already preparing a bill to "nullify these tariffs".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and other lawmakers arrive for a vote in the Senate at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The news of Flake's bill comes just one week after President Trump announced he would place 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum from all countries that send metal to the U.S.

The new tariffs will take effect in 15 days, with Canada and Mexico indefinitely exempted "to see if we can make the deal", Trump said.

Trump moreover found little support among Democrats, even though that party is historically more protectionist. Joe Manchin said, "It's past time to defend our interests, our security and our workers in the global economy, and that is exactly what the president is proposing with these tariffs". Johnson called the move a "very risky action" that could spark a trade war and have "very serious unintended consequences". He specifically cited section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which he used to impose the tariffs on Thursday.

"We will continue to urge the administration to narrow this policy so that it is focused only on those countries and practices that violate trade law", Ryan said.

Wisconsin's three highest-ranking Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. The former real estate developer said politicians had for years lamented the decline in the industries, but nobody was willing to take action.

"Our economy and our national security are strengthened by fostering free trade with our allies and promoting the rule of law", he said. Some of them will be mildly helped by the president's tariffs.

Arizona's GOP congressional contingent is giving President Trump's tariff proposal mixed reviews. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump's rollback of regulations.

"We will put tariffs on Harley-Davidson, on bourbon and on blue jeans - Levis", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced last week.

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