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 GrassleyOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy MORE (R-Iowa) says he's open to backing legislation that would make it tougher for 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 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 PortmanSherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America' Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller GOP senator wears shirt honoring Otto Warmbier at Korean DMZ MORE (R-Ohio), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTime to keep the promises for farmers to compete in energy Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies MORE (R-Iowa) and Doug Jones (D-Ala). Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Higher Education Act must protect free speech Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback MORE (R-Tenn.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerWe can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's Senate panel opens investigation of FAA safety inspectors FAA faces questions about Boeing at two hearings MORE (R-Miss.) have since signed on as co-sponsors.