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Tori Whiting is the Jay Van Andel trade economist in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Article I of the Constitution states that Congress has the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations,” but for decades members of this body have irresponsibly shirked that authority.
Wednesday - Senators - Support - Role - Congress
That may be changing now. On Wednesday, 88 Senators expressed their support for the vital role of Congress in determining trade policy following months of new tariffs imposed unilaterally by President Donald Trump.
The Senate’s move is more than just a symbolic gesture. It is a resounding bipartisan statement indicating that a veto-proof majority of senators believe that the president should not be allowed to impose tariffs unchecked by Congress.
Senators - Concept - America - Cold - War-era
It is now clear that senators also overwhelmingly support the concept of fixing America’s Cold War-era trade laws and this vote should serve as momentum for current efforts to do just that.
The first antiquated trade law on the chopping block is Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which Trump used in March to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced legislation last month that would require a joint resolution of...
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