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senate Bill S. 1284

Should Unilateral Trade Actions by the Executive Branch Require Congressional Approval?

Argument in favor

Congress needs to reassert its constitutional authority over U.S. trade and tariff policies and expand its oversight of the executive branch, particularly as it relates to tariffs imposed by President Trump which are threatening to cause a global economic meltdown.

Mike's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Trump is destroying our economy and world standing by using obscure loopholes in laws passed 40+ years ago that were to be used in an emergency! Congress must act to reign in these abuses so no future president can do the damage that trump has done.
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larubia's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Now more than ever, we need Congress’ approval before an executive trade agreement is made! Agreements and sanctions in response to trade, made in haste will hurt Americans, as we’re witnessing today.
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Keith's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Sadly, I believe if Obama were still in office, this Bill would have been passed by the GOP using telekinesis. But when their own are in power, they don’t seem to care about accountability.
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Argument opposed

The president has the power to impose tariffs, and there’s no need for Congress to interfere in how the executive branch carries out U.S. trade policy. Giving the president broad latitude on trade matters allows the chief executive to ensure good trade deals for the U.S.

jimK's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Too little, too late. Presidents currently only have authority to impose tariffs when needed for national security or in retaliation to new tariffs imposed upon us. trump abused that authority by simply proclaiming that Canada, Mexico, China and any other country were threats to our national security. The national security clause implies some new and imminent threat due to something new that a trading partner has recently done which threatens our security. None of the new tariffs imposed as part of trump’s trade-wars met these criteria, None! No one in Congress did their jobs and challenged trump’s re-interpretation of what ‘national security threat’ required initiation of an economically damaging trade war. No-one! Congress, especially the Senate and Moscow Mitch of the Red party, has continued to cede its authority to trump, because he has continued to re-interpret the Constitution and existing laws to Congressional benefactor’s advantage, There are Congressional Constitutional remedies for a president abusing the powers implicit to hIs office- but hyper-partisan divides, political maneuvering, and plain old greed have stalled these processes. The proposed legislation is a band-aid to cover up the wounds caused by Congress’s inability to do it’s job. The only thing I would endorse, would be to clearly define what constitutes a ‘national security threat’ in context of trade management and hold the executive branch to show that new/revised tariffs are justified by that definition. Of course, if we had better selection criteria to keep demonstrably dishonorable, dishonest, unethical candidates from ever getting into our National Offices, none of this crap would be needed at all.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/01/2019
Republicans whingeing about losing money due to their own monster’s collateral damage. Suck it up, pancakes. You own this. It’s all yours. Maybe if it hurts you will learn the consequences to choosing power and party over the American People and the good of the nation.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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09/01/2019
Although I agree that Congress needs to be involved in all decisions affecting the United States, and believe that the President should be a mere figurehead and spokesperson for the Country, there is no bi-partisan support, signifying that there may also be some more corruption at play here, with this legislation. Republicans have given the Congressional power away to the Executive Branch and now it is backfiring when their own trade policies and actions are harming the Country. This legislation may actually just be a ploy to make it appear to their uneducated constituents, That Republicans actually care that they fucked up this Country and actually want to help the Citizens.
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    IntroducedMay 2nd, 2019
    Trump is destroying our economy and world standing by using obscure loopholes in laws passed 40+ years ago that were to be used in an emergency! Congress must act to reign in these abuses so no future president can do the damage that trump has done.
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    Too little, too late. Presidents currently only have authority to impose tariffs when needed for national security or in retaliation to new tariffs imposed upon us. trump abused that authority by simply proclaiming that Canada, Mexico, China and any other country were threats to our national security. The national security clause implies some new and imminent threat due to something new that a trading partner has recently done which threatens our security. None of the new tariffs imposed as part of trump’s trade-wars met these criteria, None! No one in Congress did their jobs and challenged trump’s re-interpretation of what ‘national security threat’ required initiation of an economically damaging trade war. No-one! Congress, especially the Senate and Moscow Mitch of the Red party, has continued to cede its authority to trump, because he has continued to re-interpret the Constitution and existing laws to Congressional benefactor’s advantage, There are Congressional Constitutional remedies for a president abusing the powers implicit to hIs office- but hyper-partisan divides, political maneuvering, and plain old greed have stalled these processes. The proposed legislation is a band-aid to cover up the wounds caused by Congress’s inability to do it’s job. The only thing I would endorse, would be to clearly define what constitutes a ‘national security threat’ in context of trade management and hold the executive branch to show that new/revised tariffs are justified by that definition. Of course, if we had better selection criteria to keep demonstrably dishonorable, dishonest, unethical candidates from ever getting into our National Offices, none of this crap would be needed at all.
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    Republicans whingeing about losing money due to their own monster’s collateral damage. Suck it up, pancakes. You own this. It’s all yours. Maybe if it hurts you will learn the consequences to choosing power and party over the American People and the good of the nation.
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    Now more than ever, we need Congress’ approval before an executive trade agreement is made! Agreements and sanctions in response to trade, made in haste will hurt Americans, as we’re witnessing today.
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    Although I agree that Congress needs to be involved in all decisions affecting the United States, and believe that the President should be a mere figurehead and spokesperson for the Country, there is no bi-partisan support, signifying that there may also be some more corruption at play here, with this legislation. Republicans have given the Congressional power away to the Executive Branch and now it is backfiring when their own trade policies and actions are harming the Country. This legislation may actually just be a ploy to make it appear to their uneducated constituents, That Republicans actually care that they fucked up this Country and actually want to help the Citizens.
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    NO WAY USERP THE PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY..... The president has the power to impose tariffs, and there’s no need for Congress to interfere in how the executive branch carries out U.S. trade policy. Giving the president broad latitude on trade matters allows the chief executive to ensure good trade deals for the U.S. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.1.19..........
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    Sadly, I believe if Obama were still in office, this Bill would have been passed by the GOP using telekinesis. But when their own are in power, they don’t seem to care about accountability.
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    It’s obvious crazy is here and you never know where it’s going to strike. We need as much transparency and oversight as possible. Checks and balances need reinforced.
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    No where in the Constitution is the President granted the power to levy tariffs. Congress holds this power. The spineless whomps in the Senate like Senator Rubio & Scott remind me of Gumby. They just follow the President into disaster as he lines his pockets and those of the rich. They violate their oath.
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    Given how Trump is screwing up trade negotiations or lack thereof, it would be a good idea to get Congressional approval.
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    Representatives of Indiana Can you please explain WHY you deferred your constitutional duties. Article 1 section 8 the United States Constitution specifically states. To collect taxes and duties on imports. Why is the executive branch aloud to without congressional approval. Indiana is primarily an agricultural state. Your culpable in the suffering of in Indiana agricultural. You talk for hours and hours and do nothing. We support Indiana farmers really your inaction speaks volumes of how you really care. Your complicit. The party of Abraham Lincoln sure has went to hell. Need proof observe the damage you’re doing to your family farms in this state. You can’t deny the facts. They will look back in history and see our l legislative branch done nothing but talk. At sixty two years old I never would have thought this was possible. As my grandpa said Rick never underestimate stupid and the representatives of Indiana you have proved this to be true. Sincerely Rick Keeley Muncie Indiana
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    Mr.Trump has proved unqualified to make these actions in the best position for the country. He is looking out for himself and his new allies; like Russia and N.Korea. Congress must act.
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    Both sides have contributed to this problem. The Republicans complained bitterly about Obama’s “imperial presidency,” but are silent about Trump’s. It time to rein in this overreach and return to our Constitutional standard.
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    The President is not the representative of the people. Congress should be involved in big trade decisions because you represent us as lawmakers. The President should enforce the laws Congress passes.
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    Without a doubt this should happen as we have a complete moron in the White House who is totally wrecking the economy because of his ineptness in dealing with economic affairs. Trump is a complete idiot.
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    Clearly our Constitution gives the executive office too much unilateral power when it comes to foreign policy. This lack or checks and balances is allowing a Russian asset to decimate our foreign policy I am quite sure this was not the intent of our founding fathers. Obviously, they would have thought, treason by way corrupting our Constitution would be subject to impeachment. However, since that is not the case, we require some way to offer reassurance to long-standing allies that our word as a country will not shift with the tides.
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    This is an attempt by RINO’s in league with Democrats to hamstring President Trump. He must be unencumbered to make the best trade deals for our nation, Congresses only function is to vote on them once completed. We know that Democrats don’t want to give him a victory period. #AmericaFirst #MAGA
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    This is an example of Republicans trying to lock out the opposition just in case they lose the presidential race.... they lock up the Senate ....now the house ... HELLO....they already have this in place...talk about a do nothing party!!
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    There needs to be checks and balances between the executive branch and the legislative branches of government short of impeachment. Farmers are being hurt. Banks are not waiting to foreclose on small farmers who are unable to pay their loans. They are losing their farm because the government has failed to come up with alternative markets for the farms crops. Shame!
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    Stop obstructing.
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