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: Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive | Dems question IRS on new tax forms | Warren rolls out universal child care proposal | Illinois governor signs bill for minimum wage Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (R-Iowa) says he's open to backing legislation that would make it tougher for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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 PortmanTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs MORE (R-Ohio), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstPush for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation On The Money: Negotiators aiming to reach deal Monday night | Why border talks stalled | Treasury calls reports on dip in tax refunds 'misleading' | Cuomo, Trump to discuss SALT deduction cap MORE (R-Iowa) and Doug Jones (D-Ala). Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Congress must move forward on measure dealing with fentanyl GOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees MORE (R-Tenn.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerTrump signs executive order to boost AI technology Hillicon Valley: Feds looking into Bezos claims about National Enquirer | Amazon reconsidering New York City HQ2 move | Sprint sues AT&T over 5G marketing claims Senate to hold hearing on potential privacy bill MORE (R-Miss.) have since signed on as co-sponsors.