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senate Bill S. 2413

Should Congress Limit the President’s Power to Impose Tariffs Using Economic Emergency Powers?

Argument in favor

The president’s tariff authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) is overly broad and needs to be limited. While presidents historically haven’t used the IEEPA to impose tariffs, President Trump tried to impose tariffs against Mexico in May 2019. Removing that authority would keep all presidents, regardless of political party, from hurting American businesses & consumers based on political whims.

jimK's Opinion
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11/30/2019
The president has assumed authority to engage in trade wars based on highly questionable claims of national security risks not even bothering to reference economic security risks. The president is only authorized to react to tariffs imposed by trading partners that unfairly damage US interests. The president never had authority to engage in these trade-wars or mess with tariffs that were not in retaliation to a trading partners’ unfairly revising tariffs nor posing an immediate threat national security. trump just presumed the authority to change trading partner terms because the definition of what exactly constitutes a national security risk in this context is not clearly defined. Congress collectively choose to not challenge trump’s presumed authority to do this with only his pronouncing that such risks existed with Canada, Mexico, China and other’s- leading to his trademark sledgehammer diplomacy to win a deal instead of winning solid equitable long-term trade relations. Congress’ inability or unwillingness to hold trump to account for assuming Congressional authority over trade and other issues is at the heart of the issue, having ceded their authority time and time again and with trump viewing any further legal restrictions as simply slight distractions. If the only way to stop these excesses and abuses by the executive branch is further legislation, so be it. There will be a lot of these bills coming in the future.
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Hillary's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Congress should limit the presidents power period. Spell out carefully in words of one syllable that the presidency is a co-equal branch of government. Presidents are not kings, not dictators with unlimited luxury to use the power and treasury of the people for ones own profit.
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Dicr's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Another law to keep Trump in check. The trade gap with China is getting bigger. If we cripple their economy do we really think they’ll buy more from us? He forgot all about protecting our intellectual properties, but Ivanka got what she wanted.
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Argument opposed

Presidents have historically had broad bilateral authority to set and pursue trade policies that benefit the U.S. and their administrations’ priorities. Taking this authority away from presidents will hamstring future administrations’ ability to set and pursue trade policies that benefit American businesses and workers.

JTJ's Opinion
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11/30/2019
How about congress get on board and pass the USMCA. If you don’t like the job the president is doing then vote for someone else next year.
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operaman's Opinion
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11/30/2019
I’m beginning to think the Democrats dislikes our President. Dozens of liberal attorneys turning over every rock or snooping in garbage cans in an attempt to find the next controversy. And certainly buying a few witnesses. I mean, its the Democrat way.
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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11/30/2019
This is just another attempt to slow President Trump from all the winning he is doing for us. Support the President and his policies!
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    The president has assumed authority to engage in trade wars based on highly questionable claims of national security risks not even bothering to reference economic security risks. The president is only authorized to react to tariffs imposed by trading partners that unfairly damage US interests. The president never had authority to engage in these trade-wars or mess with tariffs that were not in retaliation to a trading partners’ unfairly revising tariffs nor posing an immediate threat national security. trump just presumed the authority to change trading partner terms because the definition of what exactly constitutes a national security risk in this context is not clearly defined. Congress collectively choose to not challenge trump’s presumed authority to do this with only his pronouncing that such risks existed with Canada, Mexico, China and other’s- leading to his trademark sledgehammer diplomacy to win a deal instead of winning solid equitable long-term trade relations. Congress’ inability or unwillingness to hold trump to account for assuming Congressional authority over trade and other issues is at the heart of the issue, having ceded their authority time and time again and with trump viewing any further legal restrictions as simply slight distractions. If the only way to stop these excesses and abuses by the executive branch is further legislation, so be it. There will be a lot of these bills coming in the future.
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    How about congress get on board and pass the USMCA. If you don’t like the job the president is doing then vote for someone else next year.
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    Congress should limit the presidents power period. Spell out carefully in words of one syllable that the presidency is a co-equal branch of government. Presidents are not kings, not dictators with unlimited luxury to use the power and treasury of the people for ones own profit.
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    Another law to keep Trump in check. The trade gap with China is getting bigger. If we cripple their economy do we really think they’ll buy more from us? He forgot all about protecting our intellectual properties, but Ivanka got what she wanted.
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    Time for checks and balances!
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    The president is not a king.
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    More than one person needs to be involved in determining tariffs & taxes!
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    All our laws pertaining to presidential powers need to be tightened to be sure the three branches of government provide proper oversight of each other.
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    Congress is Either a Co-Equal Branch of Government or Not??
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    These tariffs have been abysmal. I am paying more at the gas pump, in the grocery store, and the goods and services I use on a daily basis. The economy has not benefited my immediate circle. In addition, my increase in tax dollars are paying to subsidize corporate farmers, not family run farms. Manufacturing costs have sky rocketed. So tariffs are bad! We need three co-equal branches of government. The country needs to wake up from the stupor. Stop listening to the bombastic rhetoric and LOOK AT THE FACTS.
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    We’ve seen what damage tariffs do in the wrong hands. We need more oversight.
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    Executive branch needs to be checked
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    Given the dramatic effect tariffs can have on the US economy, I believe that congress should have limits on the president’s power in this domain.
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    This issue is the tip of an iceberg that has plagued the world since the dollar became the default currency of the world! With international overreaching power there must be rules of the road that prevent abuse and blackmail as a means to crush undeclared adversaries and friends when our president is unable to get his way! Trade and monetary policy must become part of a deliberative process that responds to needs of the American People and an equitable balance that adheres to principles of wisdom, world harmony and compassion! For too long we have allowed our representatives to bind themselves to the ignorance. hatred and greed of billionaires and their schemes to thrive at the expense of good governance for our benefit as the sovereigns of this nation! Billionaires have coined the raping of our nation “trickle down economics” as the best way to have economic prosperity. They have been correct because billionaires do not consider the wellbeing of all Americans. Their concerns are centered strictly on their own wealth and prosperity and of course the president and Congress that depends on them for a prosperous career! This scenario looks bad. But it gets worse when we consider that this heinous policy is used by our government to facilitate the stealing of natural resources from other nations through war and sanctions for the benefit of the robber barons of the 21st century!! We have our sons and daughters die for the benefit of billionaires! How sick is that!! What makes it worse is that these billionaires do not pay taxes!! We pay for the wars that the billionaires benefit from!! Let’s unite as a people for an America for all Americans!! We are the people!! We have the power if we unite to use it!!
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    Yes, it is quite clear, after reading A Warning, that the President is using tariffs to generate income for his pet projects. This has got to stop. Republicans shouldn’t be waiting for the voters to clean up their damn mess. Conservatives should get off their damn ass and start cleaning up their enormous “steady state” screw up themselves.
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    Congress should have that authority, not the president.
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    I’m beginning to think the Democrats dislikes our President. Dozens of liberal attorneys turning over every rock or snooping in garbage cans in an attempt to find the next controversy. And certainly buying a few witnesses. I mean, its the Democrat way.
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    The president holds entirely too much power. He has run amuck with the senate backing him every underhand dirty rotten step of the way! We need a check on the presidential office. We used to have that until this disgusting man baby trump came along!
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    He’s an idiot and a corrupt soul full of greed!! Just like the entire GOP = Group of Putin
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    This is just another attempt to slow President Trump from all the winning he is doing for us. Support the President and his policies!
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