Mar 18, 2019

Broad Coalition of 30 Groups Call for Congress to Reclaim Authority on Tariffs

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – A coalition of 30 organizations led by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce released a letter today encouraging lawmakers to reclaim their tariff authority, which has been delegated to the executive branch.

Read the full letter here.

In the letter, the groups write:

“As the Senate Finance Committee begins its important work of considering legislation related to tariffs, we write to urge you to include important priorities in any proposal put forth by the Committee.

“Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution provides Congress with ‘the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises.’ Over the years, however, some authority related to tariffs has been delegated to the executive branch. As a result, the president has unilaterally imposed tariffs – which are taxes on Americans – on more than $300 billion in imports last year without the explicit approval of the peoples’ elected representatives in Congress.

“Congress now has an opportunity to reclaim some of this tariff authority, with the Senate Finance Committee leading the way. … As the committee continues to review and craft legislative proposals, we stand ready to assist and support you in this endeavor.”

Background:

New AFP Ads Target Tariffs, Urge Congress to Enact Bipartisan Trade Bill
Report Warns of ‘Tariff Turmoil’ Absent Sweeping U.S.-China Trade Deal
AFP Calls on Washington to Lower Trade Barriers, Not Create New Ones with the Reciprocal Trade Act

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