Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

U.S. senator introduces bill to nullify Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs

U.S. senator introduces bill to nullify Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs

Jeff Flake of Arizona was asked if he thought Trump should face off against someone from his own party.

Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press", U.S. Sen. But several senior GOP senators, who also are opposed to the tariffs, said a legislative response may not be necessary now that Trump has indicated he's open to exemptions for several key countries.

But Flake says "that's not to say it will stay that way".

Earlier this month, he said, "I do think the president will have a challenge from the Republican Party, I think there should be".

Flake, like many Republicans, has expressed deep concerns about Trump's plans to issue new tariffs on aluminum and steel and says he's ready to fight legislatively if needed.

Flake has been a relentless GOP critic of Trump.

Historically proponents of free trade, several Republicans dubbed the measures "stupid" and "misguided" - if the United States increases the cost of both materials, they hold, American producers of vehicles and other products will suffer setbacks on the worldwide playing field, and consumers will pay more. This year, he has given Senate floor speeches denouncing the president's attacks on the media and antagonism toward Democrats.

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Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake is among more than a 100 Republican members of Congress who unsuccessfully urged President Trump to reconsider the broad levies on steel and aluminum imports.

He said it's tough to make the case that the Republican Party is still the party of free trade.

"I think we're making progress without legislation", said Sen.

"We have a conducive tax and regulatory-the economy looks good".

As Trump vows to sign new bilateral treaties and amend the North American Free Trade Agreement, congressional leaders could seize the moment to reaffirm their role in USA trade policy. "And so we need to trade".

"Yes, I do ― I do", Flake said. "We should not normalize this behavior'".

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