Trump’s Push for New Tariff Powers may cause some Conservatives to Gripe. Will you?

Written by on January 18, 2019

Trump’s Push for New Tariff Powers may cause some Conservatives to Gripe. Will you?

An “America First” proposal to make it easier for President Trump to impose tariffs without congressional approval already is seeing opposition from some Republicans and conservative groups.

The “United States Reciprocal Trade Act” was reportedly drafted by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who is seeking support among congressional Republicans. 

The bill itself would expand the executive branch’s authority to levy tariffs if the president determines the target country has negative barriers against U.S. exports.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who previously sponsored legislation to curb executive branch authority on trade, opposes the plan.

“Congress has already given the executive branch far too much power over far too many things,” “We should be looking to take authority away from the executive branch on trade, not giving it more abilities to act unilaterally.”

Trump defended his stance stating

“We are replacing one-sided, unfair trade deals,” “We have so many nations — it’s a one-sided deal. With China, every year, for many years, we’re losing $375 billion — not million, billion dollars. We’re working on that very strongly. … We’re turning all of that around with fair trade deals that put American farmers, ranchers, and, in fact, put America first.”

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