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Senate GOP kills Republican-introduced bill that would limit Trump’s ability to bring unpopular tariffs

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The Senate GOP has essentially killed a bill introduced by Republicans that would limit Donald Trump’s unpopular tariffs.

Roll Call reported that Republicans will not hold a vote on a bill introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) that would have created a review process by which Congress would approve any trade restrictions.

“The bill would provide a process for reviewing tariff determinations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, like those the Trump administration imposed on steel and aluminum,” the report noted. “Specifically, it would require the president to submit to Congress any proposed trade restrictions under Sec. 232 for approval within 60 days.”

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Corker floated the idea of tacking the bill, which he drafted alongside Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA), onto a required reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Roll Call noted that so many measures have been added onto the FAA reauthorization that it resembles a “kitchen sink,” and although over a dozen of those proposals were approved, Corker’s tariff restrictions were not.

A number of Trump-critical Republican senators including Jeff Flake (R-AZ) garnered headlines in July when the Senate voted 88-11 in support of Congressional oversight of tariffs — a move the report noted now appears to have been a “symbolic victory.”

“Things have moved along so long, we’re so close to the midterms that I realize that, you know, there’s not really much of a chance for it to become law,” Corker told Roll Call.

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