Senate approves symbolic resolution for bigger role in tariff decisions

The Symbolic Corker Amendment Against Trump's Tariffs

Senate approves symbolic resolution for bigger role in tariff decisions

The Senate voted resoundingly Wednesday to seek a congressional role in some of President Donald Trump's tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing GOP alarm over the president's trade war. This section requires national security concerns to be the main reason for imposing the tariffs. "We have neglected our constitutional role". "It's a baby step", Corker said.

The resolution has passed by an 88-11 vote, with 11 Republicans voting "no". "I hope to have legislation coming behind this".

Kevin Madden, a longtime Republican consultant, described the vote as something "short of a warning shot" and noted that building a coalition of senators to support a binding change in policy would be a much heavier lift.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., called on lawmakers to give the president "space" to negotiate better trade deals.

And some Democrats downplayed the significance of Wednesday's vote, including Sen.

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Corker concluded that the vote indicates "strong support" for giving Congress a larger role on tariffs.

"Today, the Senate issued a clear rebuke of this administration's trade policy", said Flake. "I've been saying that for years and I'm glad my colleagues finally agree".

She grimly fielded a barrage of mostly hostile questions, arguing the national-security tariffs were not meant to target any one nation, but to bolster a steel and aluminum sector that's crucial to America's defence.

Wednesday's vote came on a procedural "motion to instruct" senators who will be working with House counterparts to finalize an unrelated spending bill.

They worry that trade disputes with China, as well as with allies like western European nations and Canada, could damage the US economy by harming USA employers and raising prices for consumers.

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The proposed legislation, as well as the motion passed on Wednesday, focus on duties imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Section 232 is the provision of trade law that gives the president authority to unilaterally level tariffs if he determines that foreign imports threaten USA national security.

"It's not just an abuse of power ... it's also, I know, offensive to the Canadian people", Corker told the National Post later about the steel tariffs.

"Republican senators know the potential negative effects tariffs will have on their home state economies, and this is one way to send a message to the White House before having to get into a legislative showdown", Madden said. Trump cited national security as a justification, triggering outrage among US allies.

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