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Senate overwhelmingly rebukes Trump on tariffs — but the measure won't limit his powers

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Jacob Pramuk | @jacobpramuk 2 months ago
Senate overwhelmingly rebukes Trump on tariffs — but the measure won't limit his powers

The vote is more of a slap on Trump's wrist than a real effort to block his ability to escalate a mounting trade war with China and other key trading partners.

The Senate still has not voted on a concrete proposal championed by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that would force Trump to get congressional approval to impose duties for national security reasons. Republican leaders have declined to take up the legislation, as it faces a likely Trump veto.

All of the senators who voted against the measure Wednesday are Republicans, according to NBC News. Those lawmakers are:

Earlier, both Corker and Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican and another harsh critic of Trump's trade policy, called Wednesday's motion a "first step" toward curbing Trump's powers. Corker and Flake aren't seeking re-election this year.

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