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'Tariff Authority' Legislation Introduced in the House
USAgNet - 01/31/2019

Two Wisconsin congressmen are among the main sponsors of a bill that would require the president to submit to Congress any proposals that would adjust tariffs on imports in the interest of national security. On Wednesday, Reps. Ron Kind of La Crosse and Mike Gallagher from Green Bay joined Darin LaHood of Illinois and Jimmy Panetta, California, in introducing the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act of 2019.

As part of the measure, members of Congress would have a 60-day period following submission to review the president's proposal. However, a joint resolution would qualify for expedited consideration in both chambers, if deemed necessary.

Kind says the requirement would apply to all future Section 232 actions, in addition to those taken within the last four years--thus rolling back some of the actions taken by President Trump.

"This administration's misguided trade policies are threatening American standing abroad and are hurting the success of Wisconsin's farmers, workers and families," Kind said. "It is long-past time for Congress to stand up and fight for our rural economies by taking back the trade authorities that clearly belong to the Legislative branch--as explicitly stated in the Constitution. This trade war needs to end, and that will only happen when Congress begins reasserting itself on this critical issue which continues to harm Wisconsinites."

Gallagher adds that when it comes to trade, Congress has consistently surrendered its Constitutional authorities to the executive branch. But he says this bill reverses that trend.

"It would allow for trade interventions when our national security is at stake and giving the Defense Department a greater role in that process," Gallagher said. "Our bill also safeguards the public from executive overreach and from protectionist policies that hurt Wisconsin families, manufacturers and farmers."

A companion bill has also been introduced in the Senate. The bill's sponsors claim they have over 20 national groups endorsing the policy.

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