Jeff Flake introduced Bill to nullify Donald Trump’s tariffs on European Union
GOP breaks with President Trump on his trade war with European Union and other world nations, Senator Jeff Flake a satunch critic of President Trump introduced a legislation on monday to nullify Trump;s steel and Aluminum tariffs. Flake argued that the White House is courting “economic disaster for the country”
Flake said “If we enter a trade war, we risk reversing those gains we have made. We in Congress simply can’t be complicit as this administration courts economic disaster in this fashion,”.
Flake told his colleagues, if they are concerned about the tariffs, support free trade or want to continue the recent economic gains when they should shupport his legislation against tariffs.
Flake said on the senate floor “You can be pro-growth; you can be pro-tariff, but you can’t be both. …I would urge my colleagues to join me in exercising our constitutional oversight and to invalidate these irresponsible tariffs,”
Trump’s announcement of imposing 25 percent tariff for steel and 10 percent for aluminum has caused a major trade war with the European Union, The EU retaliated with Trump measures by imposing counter tariffs on U.S products like Harley davidson. Exemptions, he said, would be given to Mexico and Canada as they try to negotiate a larger trade agreement.
EU is also opposing the exemptions given to the United Kingdom by the U.S. The move has sparked widespread backlash among congressional Republicans, with leadership signaling they will try to narrow the financial penalties.
But the legislation to nullify tariffs will face a difficult challenge, even if its passed the President would need to sign the bill. That could force any proposal to need two-thirds support in both chambers of the Republican-controlled Congress in order to override a potential veto.
Flake earlier said trade is sometimes used as a “scapegoat” during campaigns
Flake said “I understand free trade is sometimes a challenge. I understand that it’s a challenge on the campaign trail, certainly. It’s often easier to point to a shuttered factory and blame trade or immigration or some other convenient scapegoat,”.