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 CaseyDemocrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Democratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Coronavirus stimulus package shouldn't leave out older Americans MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) on Thursday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight 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 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 SasseAmerica's governors should fix unemployment insurance Mnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus MORE (R-Neb.) ripped the announcement, saying Trump is essentially proposing “a massive tax increase on American families.”