Senate voices protest over Trump's aluminum, steel tariffs

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The non-binding measure approved on Wednesday was a "motion to instruct" lawmakers finalizing a water and energy spending bill to ensure that Congress plays a role in implementing such tariffs. Trump has said Germany and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should contribute more money and manpower to the alliance.

At the same time Trump has slapped a new round of tariffs on China, sending trade tensions to new heights - though those are not being done in the name of national security. David Perdue, R-Ga. Purdue contended that the measure would stifle Trump's freedom to negotiate, adding that Trump is working toward a larger goal of leveling a trade imbalance with USA trading partners.

The Senate voted Wednesday to seek a congressional role in some of President Donald Trump's tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing Republican concern over the president's trade war.

"This is a vote for Congress to assume its rightful role". Corker said no one ever anticipated that a president would use that authority the way Trump has done.

For the past several weeks, Senator Jeff Flake has been threatening to block President Trump's circuit court nominees unless the Senate votes on legislation that would restrict the President's ability to impose tariffs. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is focused on Trump's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, the European Union and others.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged lawmakers to support Corker's resolution but also pass "actual legislation" requiring congressional consent for the tariffs.

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"This is about making sure America is treated fairly", he said. Corker said he will keep pushing for stronger, binding legislation.

"Our overriding concern now is that those gains will be entirely reversed by major missteps in US trade policy", Bolten said.

"Today, the Senate issued a clear rebuke of this administration's trade policy", said Flake.

"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 was in Brussels on Wednesday meeting with world leaders gathered for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and trade was on the president's mind. In a series of Twitter posts, Trump said "other countries' trade barriers and tariffs" harm USA farmers. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Speaking on Trump's latest tariffs against China, Inhofe said Trump is working toward a larger goal.

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