(Metal tariffs) US lawmaker threatens bill to revoke order

Friday, March 09, 2018

One Republican senator in the US is promising to introduce legislation to nullify President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona says, "Congress cannot be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster.”

He’s urging his colleagues to pass the bill before the administration inflicts "more damage on the economy.”

Trump’s exemptions on steel and aluminum products from Mexico and Canada did not satisfy lawmakers.

They would rather see the tariffs imposed just on certain countries that are dumping exports. Mark Walker of North Carolina, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said it’s better to target "these rogue players.”

Another Republican bill would require Congress to approve trade actions, but it’s doubtful the Republican-led Congress can muster the votes to block Trump.-AP