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SENATE VOTES 88-11 TO HAVE A SAY ON TARIFFS
Agri-Pulse reports:

The Senate is letting the Trump administration know that it's concerned about its use of the national security reasoning in imposing the steel and aluminum tariffs that have resulted in retaliation against U.S. farm commodities.

The Senate voted 88-11 in favor of a non-binding measure that supports giving Congress a say before the president can levy tariffs for national security purposes under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

"This vote represents the strongest and most straightforward message this chamber has delivered against the administration's abuse of trade authority. Imposing tariffs on products from allies that pose no threat to our national security is just plain wrong," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

The vote came on a motion to instruct House and Senate conferees on a fiscal 2019 appropriations bill. The Trump administration on May 31 used Section 232 to hit Mexico, Canada and the European Union with tariffs.

Keep in mind: This was an easy vote, since it was non-binding. Many senators would still be reluctant to vote to tie the president's hands.


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