Senators Try to Limit Trump’s Tariff Power While He Seeks More



Shawn Donnan, Mark Niquette, and Steven T. Dennis | Bloomberg

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators launched a new attempt to curtail Donald Trump’s power to impose tariffs amid an escalating campaign by business groups to force congressional action and the president’s own bid for greater authority.

Trump, who has proclaimed himself “Tariff Man,” has imposed new duties on more than $300 billion in U.S. imports over the past year and threatened more to come on cars, parts and Chinese goods if negotiations now underway don’t result in a deal before March 1.

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president also called for Congress to pass the Reciprocal Trade Act, which would give him new powers to impose tariffs, though his bid for that additional authority is facing an uphill battle.

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