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

13 March 2018

But those exemptions weren't enough to placate congressional Republicans who have traditionally opposed protectionist action on trade.

Such an alliance has incensed Republicans, even those closest to Trump, who are concerned the tariff push will undermine the benefits they hope to reap from a good economy and new tax cuts while boosting rivals they need to defeat in November. Several spoke of how excessive "dumping" of steel and aluminum imports had negatively affected their jobs and families. Lawmakers like Roberts fear retaliation from foreign nations on US exports, and agriculture is primed to take a hit.

The White House says President Donald Trump will sign orders to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on Thursday afternoon.

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

Brown has always been a critic of free-trade agreements, opposing NAFTA since its inception when he was a congressman.

Todd asked him if other Republicans should join him in condemning Trump's behavior.

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The announcement comes amid a last-minute lobbying effort to blunt the impact of tariffs. Even among the economists critical of the tariffs, no one has said that the effect of the tariffs would be so strong as to completely counteract the deep tax cuts passed previous year. "We're going to be very flexible". "The Department of Defense assesses that its programs are able to acquire all the steel and aluminum necessary to meet national defense requirements".

"Many businesses in states that carried [Trump] in the election, including manufacturers in the Rust Belt region, rely heavily on steel and aluminum imports", CNN reports.

Business leaders continued to sound the alarm about the tariffs, with the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the specter of a global trade war. The White House has not yet clarified the tweet.

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"There are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries, as well, based on that process", she said. "And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkled around the White House", Brown, who is facing a bruising campaign for re-election in November, told CNN's Dana Bash in an October 22 interview. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat who came out in support of Trump's tariffs in a March 8 press statement, will also face voters this year in Indiana, which leads the nation in steel production and voted for Trump in 2016 by 19 percentage points.

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