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Senate Passes a Resolution To Regain Congressional Control of Tariff Policies

The Senate today (7/11) signaled for the first time that it is ready to push back on recent tariffs imposed by President Trump.

It was an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote 88-11, aimed at the President’s using “national security,” to impose tariffs on US allies including Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine voted yes. “It would reassert, in my view, some Congressional oversight over the use of national security waivers by a President.”

The resolution is largely symbolic, directing a conference committee to give Congress a say on tariffs in the final package of the Trade expansion act. But it is the first time the Senate has spoken out on tariffs.

“We have deferred and delegated too much power to the executive and we need to pull some of it back,” said Senator Kaine.