Corker concluded that the vote indicates "strong support" for giving Congress a larger role on tariffs. Senator Flake's threats have applied to both the circuit court nominees who are waiting to be advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee (on which Senator Flake sits), as well as those now waiting for confirmation votes from the full Senate. "To be sticking a stick in the eye of our closest friends and abusing authorities, and maybe doing it for political purposes, is offensive to those of us here (too)". Presidents need the freedom to negotiate, Perdue said, and Trump is simply trying to restore fairness to a trade imbalance with US trading partners. "The bill has attracted wide-ranging support from organizations representing business and agriculture across our country, and with an overwhelming vote of support for those efforts yesterday in the Senate, we will continue pushing for a binding vote on this legislation in the near future". In a letter to Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Democrats urged him to bring in administration officials for a trade-related hearing because Americans need answers about whether the president's policy is working.
The Trump administration is also weighing imposing tariffs on autos and auto parts under the Section 232 authority, a move some GOP lawmakers believe could be economically ruinous.
"I don't think this administration understands how fortunate we are to have the neighbours we have", he said.
It is created to give Congress more say about trade penalties imposed by the president in the name of national security. Young, a Republican from IN, noted the only time section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act was wielded before this year was to ban oil imports from Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution and from Libya IN 1982 because of its support of terrorism.
But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said the vote amounted to a rebuke of President Donald Trump's use of a national security waiver to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China, Canada, Mexico, the European Union and other nations.
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"The president has said that trade wars are winnable".
"We are going to consider the implications of recent trade actions by the administration, including the implementation of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union".
Many Republicans argued that the tariffs were an abuse of presidential power, and lamented congressional decisions over the years to cede its constitutional authority over trade to the executive branch.
But Corker said it's hard to tell what the White House really has in mind.