Dem senator facing reelection applauds Trump for new tariffs

Dem senator facing reelection applauds Trump for new tariffs
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Sen. Casey presses DNC for presidential debate in Pennsylvania License to discriminate: Religious exemption laws are trampling rights in rural America MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) on Thursday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE for announcing plans to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying it will help Pennsylvania workers.

“It has taken the Administration far too long, but today’s announcement of an intention to act next week is a welcome step,” Casey tweeted.

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“When countries cheat on trade, Pennsylvania workers lose. I urge the Administration to follow through and to take aggressive measures to ensure our workers can compete on a level playing field,” he continued.

Trump said earlier Thursday that he will announce next week tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum. He framed the move as an effort to protect U.S. workers from foreign competition and to boost domestic production. 

Casey is up for reelection in November in a state Trump narrowly won in 2016. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates his seat as likely to remain Democratic.

Casey was one of just a few lawmakers to praise Trump’s decision, with Republicans largely criticizing the announcement.

Casey's fellow Pennsylvania senator Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R) said raising tariffs would be “very bad for consumers” and would “destroy more jobs than it saves in steel.” 

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseAfrica's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? Senate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback MORE (R-Neb.) ripped the announcement, saying Trump is essentially proposing “a massive tax increase on American families.”