GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) on Friday announced that he would back legislation to rein in President Trump’s trade authority, underscoring growing GOP frustration with the administration’s recent policy decisions.
“Congress should assert its constitutional responsibility and lead on trade policy so Americans keep access to affordable goods and services, and the opportunity to sell our products abroad,” Toomey said in a string of tweets explaining his decision to support Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) bill.
The Trump administration on Thursday announced it would place steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico, ending the temporary exemptions for the key trading allies despite their two months of lobbying to avoid the tariffs.
If passed, the bill would require congressional approval for Trump’s trade actions, including tariffs.
Aside from Toomey and Lee, three GOP senators are officially backing the legislation: Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.).