Skip to comments.Koch-backed group offers to help Pelosi limit Trump tariff powers
Posted on 02/20/2019 6:52:45 PM PST by Perseverando
Americans For Prosperity, a free-market advocacy group funded in part by the Koch network, has offered to help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pass legislation that would limit President Trump's ability to unilaterally impose new tariffs.
"[W]e hope to work with your office to advance legislation to require congressional approval of any proposed tariffs," said AFP chief government affairs officer Brent Gardner and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Nathan Nascimento told Pelosi in a letter sent Friday and made public Wednesday.
The group called on Pelosi to support the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act, legislation jointly introduced in late January by Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Ron Kind, D-Wis. The bill, which has 12 Republican and seven Democratic co-sponsors, would require that any tariff imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act would first have to be approved by Congress. Trump has used the law, which allows tariffs on the grounds of protecting national security, to enact levies on steel and aluminum imports, and is contemplating using it for tariffs on auto and auto parts imports as well.
AFP and other groups backed by the philanthropist Charles Koch, such as Freedom Partners, have been consistent opponents of Trump's trade policies.
The letter was in response to comments the speaker made during a Feb. 7 press conference about whether she supported the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act. "I really havent seen that legislation, but I do support reclaiming some of Congress it is Congress prerogative. We have given some of that authority to the president, and there is legislation here that I am familiar with that would give him even more authority, and I dont support that," Pelosi said.
A spokesperson for the speaker's office did not respond to a request for comment.
they will need 2/3 to get the bill into law because trump wont sign it.
"Love me some Coke!"
Sponsors in Senate:
Mr. Toomey (for himself, Mr. Warner, Mr. Sasse, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Moran, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Johnson, Mr. King, Mr. Schatz, Mrs. Shaheen, and Mr. Lankford) and Mike Lee.
R sponsors in House:
Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]* 01/31/2019
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]* 01/31/2019
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2]*
Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]*
Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3]*
Rep. Bacon, Don [R-NE-2]* 01/31/2019
Rep. Wright, Ron [R-TX-6]* 01/31/2019
Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13]* 01/31/2019
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]*
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 02/04/2019
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 02/06/2019
Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5]
Koch and Libertarians like him believe in the myth that “free trade” includes the Communist Chinese nationalist mercantilist state-capitalism economy-market, and many other nationalist mercantilist state-controlled markets run by various other forms of dictators; in spite of the disadvantages they present to any true free market based companies anywhere.
I remember when the Socialist “democrats” hated the Kochs. Now they’re pals.
Lenin was right. They will sell the rope to hang them with.
elosi isn’t the one making decisions.....she’s in no condition to do so and they all know it. She’s just the plug holding the real power brokers in place.
Everyone, keep praying for America that God will shed His Grace and Mercy on us and that those who wish to do us harm for self gain will be removed from their sphere of influence.
I wonder if the new cabinet member who is was connected to the Cock brothers is going to work with Trump or against him. The guys name slips my mind right now.
Meadows? I thought he was one of the good guys.
And Mike Lee in the Senate? Ralph Norman in the House from South Carolina?
Meadows? I thought he was one of the good guys.
Me too. What in the hell is going on here????
All of a sudden, the Koch brothers are the RATS best friends.
Well, if it was chaged so a Congressional JR is needed to overturn, instead of allow, it wouldn’t be too bad I think.
But they’re probably just getting donor money, safely. Since IMHO it can’t get signed, nor can Congress override a veto.
I was wondering the same thing. Is Meadows going RINO on us?
Most of them are already RINO’s.
How many Leftists have been thwarted by Congressional actions?
Some of the “Conservatives” talk a good game, but when push comes to shove, they go where the money’s at.
Fair enough. But will Lou Dobbs say WTF next time he has frequent guest Meadows on his show?
Alexander, Graham, McSally, Murkowsky, Hoeven, Rubio, Tillis, Burr, Lankford, Gardner, Cornyn, Hyde-Smith, Collins, Sasse, Kennedy, Shelby, Ernst, Blunt, McConnell, Wicker, Portman, Isakson, Johnson, Toomey, Rounds, Thune, Gaines, Barasso and Enzi are all Bush League Republicans.
They probably have the votes.
Count me in as another WTF! Mark Meadows?
What’s that about?
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