WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution that seeks to reign in President Donald Trump’s ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds.
The upper chamber approved the measure in a 88-11 vote.
The resolution was sponsored by GOP Senators Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.). It asks senators selected to join their House counterparts in a conference committee on an appropriations bill to add language to amend the process of tariff imposition to require greater input from Congress.
By a vote of 88-11, the senate just took the first step to rein in the President’s abuse of trade authority by using national security as justification to levy tariffs.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 11, 2018
The administration has used Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 in conjunction with executive orders to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada, China and other countries. Many countries have responded by imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.
The vote comes as Trump is overseas at the annual NATO summit in Brussels. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump engendered global criticism after accusing U.S. ally and fellow NATO member Germany of being “captive” to Russian oil and gas markets.
Germany is the largest economy in Europe and is regarded as the economic powerhouse of the continent. Trump has said Germany and other NATO countries should contribute more money and manpower to the alliance.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming U.S. support for NATO on Tuesday.