Grassley open to legislation making it tougher for Trump to impose tariffs on national security grounds

Grassley open to legislation making it tougher for Trump to impose tariffs on national security grounds

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGraham vows Biden, Ukraine probe after impeachment trial Social security emerges as latest flash point in Biden-Sanders tussle Trump to sign USMCA next Wednesday MORE (R-Iowa) says he's open to backing legislation that would make it tougher for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE to impose tariffs on imports in the name of national security.

"Maybe the definition of national security or maybe the conditions under which national security could be used as an excuse is a little wide," Grassley told Axios in an interview where he expressed support for bipartisan legislation that would give the Pentagon a bigger role in determining whether imports are a risk to national security. 

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The legislation would constrain Section 232, which gives the president the authority to impose trade measures to hold back imports if it is determined that the imports are harming national security. 

Trump used Section 232 to justify tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier this year. He has also talked about using Section 232 to impose tariffs on imports of foreign automobiles.

The legislation to change Section 232 was offered by Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Collins walks impeachment tightrope The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE (R-Ohio), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Grassley signs USMCA, sending it to Trump's desk Progressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment MORE (R-Iowa) and Doug Jones (D-Ala). Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Administration to give Senate briefing on coronavirus MORE (R-Tenn.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — UN calls for probe into alleged Saudi hack of Bezos | Experts see effort to 'silence' Washington Post | Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi Senators fret over lack of manpower to build 5G Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing MORE (R-Miss.) have since signed on as co-sponsors.