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McConnell Will Never Allow Vote to Limit Executive Order on Tariffs

  • Wall Street Rebel | James DiGeorgia
  • 06/11/2019 3:05 PM
McConnell Will Never Allow Vote to Limit Executive Order on Tariffs

Mitch McConnell has no problem with a Trump dictatorship as long as he and his wife Secretary Chao are allowed to loot American taxpayers with insider deals.

 

By James DiGeorgia

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday he is pushing forward with legislation that would put a check on Presidential powers to impose tariffs by executive order. While at the same time saying the constitutional crisis taking place between the House of Representatives is no fault of the president.

Grassley, the senior Senator from Iowa, said Congress had created a constitutional crisis by surrendering too much power to the presidency to impose tariffs. During a call with reporters, Grassley said…

“It adds up to something pretty simple: Congress has delegated too much authority to the president of the United States."

Grassley, along with Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and every Democrat in the House and Senate Democrat has been insisting imposing tariffs should be made by the elected representatives of the people.

Grassley while expressing his discomfort with the imbalance between the executive and legislative branches of government blames the House and Senate for giving the president emergency powers that go way beyond what the framers of the Constitution intended.

Grassley however, did not make mention of Trump being the first president to abuse the emergency powers granted by the legislative branch to broaden those power to impose tariffs and to unilaterally divert funds from projects approved to Congress to projects never approved by Congress. Trump’s re-allocation of funds to build his border wall that Congress rejected.

Trump began using emergency powers granted under a 1977 law to both divert funds to and impose a 25% tariffs on $200 billion of imports from China to force the country to agree to a new trade deal. He threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico to force concessions on immigration and another $300 billion of Chinese imports.  

Grassley’s seriousness has to be questioned, given his admission during the press call, he asserted he wouldn’t address the emergency powers law.  He would instead target the president’s broad power to impose tariffs on imports if a review by the Commerce Department finds that those goods threaten domestic industries that are critical to national security. That amounts to a meaningless change because the President controls the Commerce Department.

Pointing to the 1977 emergency powers act,  Grassley said he‘s committed to finding a compromise on legislation that would rein in Trump’s authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which Trump has used the law to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and to threaten penalties on auto imports. Still, Grassley… 

“This is not about Trump. It’s about the balancing of power.”

The Iowa Republican has been trying to develop a legislative check against Section 232 for months, but finding a consensus on Capitol Hill has proved challenging. Mainly because the unlikelihood of Senate Majority Leader McConnell allowing any legislation to reach the Senate floor that would restrict President Trump powers.

Grassley himself pointed out during his interview on Tuesday …

“You can imagine how the president feels about tariffs. He may not look favorably on this.”

President Trump asked Congress to back a 2018 GOP House bill that seeks to expand the president's power to impose tariffs.  

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