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Senator Tim Kaine Says Presidential Powers To Change Import Policy Should Have Congressional Approval

As the G7 Summit struggles, Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has introduced legislation to reduce the President’s power that he says is threatening a major trade war.

The legislation would require the president to submit to Congress any proposals to change import policy, on national security grounds. It has much the same message as earlier legislation to limit the president’s power to wage war.

Senator Kaine said, “I don’t believe a president should be able to start a war without Congress and I don’t believe a president should be able to start a trade war without congressional approval. So we are looking at ways to reclaim Congressional power over trade.”

Senator Kaine says Virginia agriculture is particularly susceptible to retaliatory tariffs in any trade war.

Senator Kaine's office said late today (6/8), there are several proposals on the table, and while he has not yet signed on to Senator Corker’s bill, he is considering it as one of the options.