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 GrassleySenate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill Five takeaways from the court decision striking down ObamaCare The Year Ahead: Tough tests loom for Trump trade agenda MORE (R-Iowa) says he's open to backing legislation that would make it tougher for President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate 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.

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