Conflicting Bills Addressing Presidential Tariff Authority Introduced

Date: January 29, 2019

Rep. Sean Duffy (WI) has advanced legislation that would broaden the President’s power to impose tariffs. So far there are 18 Republican co-sponsors, including Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Paul Cook (R-Cali.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), David McKinley (R-W.V.), Carol Miller (R-W.V.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Duncan Hunter (R-Cali.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Pete King (R-N.Y.), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) and David Rouzer (R-N.C.). This bill is not going to move in Congress, but MEMA will encourage Republican members of the House to not cosponsor. Duffy’s webpage includes a spreadsheet comparing U.S. tariffs to other countries on a number of products, including autos.

Meanwhile, other bills to rein in President Trump’s authority are being circulated. This Wednesday, Reps. Kind and Gallagher and Sens. Toomey and Warner are expected to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rein in the President’s trade authority.  Additionally, Rep Warren Davidson introduced his own legislation, H.R. 723, with 10 cosponsors to call for congressional review on tariffs.

Finally, Sen. Rob Portman continues to work on his own legislation to rein in presidential tariff authority.  MEMA Contact:  Catherine Boland


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