GOP senator to back bill to 'rein in' Trump's trade authority

Source: The Hill | June 1, 2018 | Jordain Carney

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) on Friday announced that he would back legislation to rein in President Trump’s trade authority, underscoring growing GOP frustration with the administration’s recent policy decisions.

“Congress should assert its constitutional responsibility and lead on trade policy so Americans keep access to affordable goods and services, and the opportunity to sell our products abroad,” Toomey said in a string of tweets explaining his decision to support Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) bill.

Toomey said that implementing the tariffs under the guise of national security “weakens our credibility.”  

“Claiming steel bought from our allies is a ‘national security’ threat weakens our credibility. These tariffs, i.e. taxes, hurt American workers, employers, and consumers,” Toomey tweeted Friday.

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He added that Lee’s legislation would “rein in” Trump’s ability to impose similar tariffs.  

If passed, the bill would require congressional approval for Trump’s trade actions, including tariffs.

Aside from Toomey and Lee, three GOP senators are officially backing the legislation: Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.).

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