Published: Sun, March 11, 2018

Lawmakers opposed to Trump's tariffs look to courts to step in

Lawmakers opposed to Trump's tariffs look to courts to step in

McConnell said that he and other senators are "concerned about the scope of the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum".

Ryan added in a separate statement that he is anxious Trump's decision will have "unintended consequences".

"I think doing it in a generalized way runs the risk of an all-out trade war, which hurts many of our allies who are not guilty of trade abuses", Durbin said.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch, also criticized the tariffs but said he would work with the White House to "mitigate the damage". "We're going to continue to have one, but that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything".

Then came last week and Trump's announcement of his intention to impose stiff new tariffs on steel and aluminum. Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday sent a letter to the president urging him to refocus his efforts on opening markets for USA exports without hurting domestic businesses and consumers.

Whatever Washington lawmakers opt to do, they will have to reach a two-thirds majority vote to overcome a presidential veto - forcing Republicans to find support among the Democratic opposition, a challenge in its own right.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said he wanted to see what Trump produces, but he believes Trump is "painting with too broad a brush".

"The traditional American court jurisprudence is that you've got to give deference to an American president's interpretation of national security", Warner said. But he added, "This has the potential to throw the NAFTA talks off track".

The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from tariffs under national security "carve-outs".

The state's most prominent Democrat, U.S. Sen.

Separately, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo tweeted: "Mexico shouldn't be included in steel & aluminum tariffs. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military".

Trump has long threatened to pull out of the 24-year-old trade pact if it can't be overhauled and encourage manufacturers to bring factory jobs back the United States.

And overseas, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said the European Union could respond by taxing American goods including bourbon, blue jeans and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

For congressional leaders, those products hit close to home.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses as he meets with reporters following a closed-door Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

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