The Hill: GOP leaders signal they will try to narrow Trump's tariffs

Congressional Republicans unlikely to act to counter Trump on tariffs

"It's a conundrum, really, because you do not want 100 senators and our counterparts in the House doing basically any trade initiative". A WTO decision wouldn't halt US tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners. But the president was in danger of hurting US allies with his broad approach.

Despite widespread condemnation from House Republicans, none have introduced measures to counter Trump's action.

The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from tariffs under national security "carve-outs". Some of them will be mildly helped by the president's tariffs.

In Congress, some Republicans are trying to claw back authority to implement or at least review tariffs.

Many Republicans fear Trump's decision will spark a trade war and damage the USA economy just eight months before the 2018 elections.

Trump set the tariffs based on a Commerce Department investigation that found imports of the metals pose a risk to national security. Party leaders have voiced rare public concern about the president's policies.

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Historically proponents of free trade, several Republicans dubbed the measures "stupid" and "misguided" - if the United States increases the cost of both materials, they hold, American producers of vehicles and other products will suffer setbacks on the global playing field, and consumers will pay more. If U.S. importers and industrial users decide to challenge the tariffs in court, they may try a tactic that stymied Trump's original ban on letting visitors from certain countries enter the U.S. and his executive actions on immigration: using his own words against him.

Other specific bills Ryan said would be part of the piecemeal infrastructure overhaul, which he expects to be ongoing through the summer, include a longer-term FAA reauthorization, the biennial Water Resources Development Act authorizing water infrastructure projects like ports and inland waterways and legislation to streamline the permit approval process.

One of those bills is by Sen.

"We think it's easier to break it into pieces", he said. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

To block the tariffs, even temporarily, opponents would have to convince a judge that they're likely to win and that they'd suffer irreparable harm if the tariffs go into effect. "I don't think we should be going against the president before we see what the deal is".

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said he wanted to see what Trump produces, but he believes Trump is "painting with too broad a brush". Without coming out in favor or against the tariffs, Baldwin said the decision "sends a strong message to bad actors like China" but also called for Trump to exempt European trading partners and do more to "target China's cheating".

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