Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

GOP Lawmakers Voice Little Support For Trump's Tariffs

GOP Lawmakers Voice Little Support For Trump's Tariffs

Without coming out in favor or against the tariffs, Baldwin said the decision "sends a strong message to bad actors like China" but also called for Trump to exempt European trading partners and do more to "target China's cheating".

Likewise, the statement from Ryan's office said, "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy, and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains".

At those talks, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday that progress has been less than many had hoped and "our time is running short".

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum risk undermining these positive economic developments by increasing input costs to American manufacturing and steel-dependent industries employing more than 17 million workers", he said.

The chairman's counterparts on the House Ways and Means Committee are readying a similar letter that outlines several changes that would narrow Trump's tariff policy.

"I generally support the president on just about everything, but I think he's been misled, there are some people down there who have been misleading him on some of these things", Hatch continued.

Trump set the tariffs based on a Commerce Department investigation that found imports of the metals pose a risk to national security.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said he wanted to see what Trump produces, but he believes Trump is "painting with too broad a brush".

Whatever Washington lawmakers opt to do, they will have to reach a two-thirds majority vote to overcome a presidential veto - forcing Republicans to find support among the Democratic opposition, a challenge in its own right. John McCain, expressed concern that Trump's sharp tariffs will actually hurt the USA economy. Sanford said. "I think you could probably point to a fair number of indications that suggest there would be".

"I'm not even - I haven't put a second of thought into this", Ryan said, a look of frustration visible on his face. Lawmakers like Roberts fear retaliation from foreign nations on USA exports, and agriculture is primed to take a hit.

Asked whether he would back legislation to undo the tariffs, Johnson said: "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it".

"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.

And while there are limits to what they can do to stop it, members are contemplating measures that could block the president from fully implementing his proposal.

For congressional leaders, those products hit close to home. House Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement following the tariff announcement that included no mention of any legislative effort or remedy.

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