How Senate Plans To Block Trump’s Tariffs

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) insisted to CBS that the senate possessed “some legislative tools” to block President Trump’s proposed tariffs.

Partial transcript as follows:

MARGARET BRENNAN: You are also one of about 100 Republicans who have urged the president to reconsider these tariffs on steel and aluminum he signed off on this week. He’s not changing his mind. So what kind of legislative work around are you proposing?

SEN. CORY GARDNER Well we have some legislative tools at our disposal. The question is of course how do we get that to the president for his signature. Our Founders set up a, a system where the president has to agree with legislation that comes out of Congress. There are ways that we can narrow the framework that the president is using to increase or, or levy those tariffs. There are things that we can do. But I think most importantly is this a recognition that we agree on fair trade deals, that we agree that we want the United States treated in a way that we’re treating other nations and if we can do better than we should do better. But I’m concerned that a, a tariff can result in a tax on the very same people that we’re trying to help in this economy, that they could actually be hurt instead of being helped by this action. So, let’s work and spend the next few weeks trying to figure out exactly how narrowly tailored these tariffs can be, go after the bad actors. If that’s China, then let’s make sure that we hold them accountable and responsible.

But I spoke with the CEO of EVRAZ steel mill in Colorado, Conrad Winkler. We talked a little bit about just the impact that NAFTA would have on them if we were to withdraw doubled with the steel tariff. He’s very grateful that Canada has been removed from the steel tariffs. Who else is going to be removed from this process? We’ll wait and see. But I think there’s a lot of conversations that we need to have with this White House to make sure that the economic benefit outweighs economic harm of such tariff actions.

BRENNAN: Would you ask for a carve-out for countries that have a security relationship with the United States like South Korea, Japan?

GARDNER: I think it’s incredibly important that we have our allies standing with us not just on the economy, but on security matters. And if you look at the North Korea situation, what South Korea is dealing with, what Japan is dealing with. And that’s why a lot of the times when I talk about North Korea I talk about the trilateral relationship between Japan, South Korea and the United States. This isn’t just the United States alone, it’s not just South Korea alone. This is an important relationship that we have to get right. So, if Japan is cheating us then let’s- let’s get that fixed, but right now what we ought to be focusing on is how we can get this right for the economy, open up new opportunities to trade not fewer. Let’s hold the responsible actors like China responsible for their actions —


GARDNER: — and not bring our friends into a way that could cause harm.

BRENNAN: Last night at a Pennsylvania rally, President Trump said Ronald Reagan was not great on trade. Is the Republican agenda still pro free trade?

GARDNER: You know absolutely there is — I think everyone in Congress agrees that opening up new markets is better for the United States —

BRENNAN: Do you disagree with the president?

GARDNER: The president’s not wrong when he says- the president is not wrong when he says that we need fair deals. If somebody is taking advantage of us if, if our markets are open and nobody has — and they’re not paying tariffs to get into this country, but yet we turn around and have to pay tariffs to get into their country, then something’s wrong with that. I think the American people understand that. But where we’re going to get this wrong is if we start into a trade war that results in our allies penalizing us, increasing costs of consumer goods, making it more difficult for the American people to afford goods that they commonly buy at the grocery store. I’m particularly concerned about the impact this could have on agriculture because agriculture is really going to be on the frontlines —


GARDNER: — of any kind of a trade retaliation that we see. And I’m in a, in a big ag state right here where most of our top 10 exports are agriculture. So we have to get this right. We have to narrowly tailor this to the bad actors. I do believe that in general, tariffs are a tax on the American people and the people who are going to be harmed by this are the very people who are- who are trying to help so much that the people have struggled far too long over the past decade that haven’t seen a wage increase in years.

  • Donald Hufford

    Sounds like Obama lets have everybody walk all over us.

  • A patriot

    May the President get tariffs to work. Get these anti Trumps out of Congress

    • RC

      I’m definitely with you on that. We pay outrageous tariffs and charge virtually none. We most definitely need to get people like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jeff Flake and quite a few others out of our government and replace them with people who care more about our country than they care for themselves. And of course there are others like Schumer and Pelosi who really should crawl back under their slimy wet rocks along with the others.

      • Carl

        Don’t forget Lindsay Graham….an ILLEGAL alien supporting POS RINO….

        • RC

          May not have mentioned Graham but definitely haven’t forgotten that RINO.

  • george

    Block him

  • Christiann

    Corey Gardner MUST BE FIRED, he’s a RINO!

  • flashy0ne

    I thought that the President made this VERY clear — he is ONLY interested in parity. If the countries work to BALANCE trade with the United States, there will be NO tariff. If they CONTINUE to DEMAND a negative trade balance, the tariff will continue. This is NOT a penalty; this is trade SURVIVAL for the United States. It DOES NOT MAKE SENSE to continue a trade policy which demands that we fund the rest of the world !! Perhaps the ‘free traders’ would like to come up with the 800 billion dollar deficit their “free” trade costs the American Taxpayer each year.

    • Terry Butts

      You will find these politicians are more concerned about catering to foreign interests than in what is good for America. That is why this imbalance came into existence in the first place.

      • flashy0ne

        You know, we now have a President who “can’t be bought” and this seems to aggravate a huge number of our citizens. I can understand the “children” who are being indoctrinated in school — they just don’t know any better; but the adults who simply REFUSE to get off their butts and find out just what is happening don’t have any excuse. 90% negative press and that’s OK with most people?? If “they” got a shake like that, they’d be up in arms. It’s time people realized that President Trump is trying to HELP AMERICANS — it’s time to look at his ACCOMPLISHMENTS and avoid the smoke screen being used by his “one world” opponents. Make AMERICA Great Again – let the rest of the world take care of itself.

        • Terry Butts

          That is why they are throwing such a fit. Even resorted to violence in an attempt to violate the election results through threats and actual acts of violence in an attempt to get the electoral college to still install Hillary after the election.

          Even judges that would not even hear a case about the constitutionality of any of obama’s executive orders on the grounds only congress had the authority to revoke or change one did not hesitate to declare Trumps EO’s that were nothing more than the constitutional restoration of following existing immigration laws unconstitutional.

          By their own admission of the reason they refused to hear a case on obama’s Executive Orders they exceeded their authority by declaring any of Trumps EO’s unconstitutional. One of those orders did nothing more than RESTORE equality and enforcement of Immigration laws obama had ordered WAIVED for certain factions they used the excuse that removing religious preferences that obama imposed into the process was in fact imposing such a preference.

          Then somehow blaming Trump for the SUNDOWN provision placed in DACA when it was written long before he was elected those same courts EXTENDED that Executive order past its built in shutdown time.

          Essentially acting as if they have the power of the EXECUTIVE branch of government by doing so.

  • le3845

    Get these a-holes out of congress ASAP.

  • Ah nutz

    they only care about investments that are benefiting their selves now & don’t care if the nation is unemployed…or unsafe in case of war.

  • Meathead

    We seriously need to REPEAL THE 17th Amendment.

  • rottenrollin

    Gardner sure talks out of both sides of his RINO mouth.

  • Ron Long

    As I see it the President is creating a bargaining chip to get other countries to re-negotiate trade agreements. Can anyone else think of anything he use to get anywhere in a negoisation?

  • Fry

    The only reason they don’t want the tariff is the money they get from the LOBBYIST WILL DRY UP LOOK HOW RICH THESE POLITICIANS ARE AFTER BEING IN OFFICE FOR YEARS

  • Chris Ross

    All Anti Trump need to go! I’am so tired of turning on tv and seeing another scandal created by the nasty ass Democrats.
    We need these people to let the Man do his job, We (NOT RUSSIA) elected him to do. If these people continue we must show up at
    the poles and show them who they actually work for WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!
    As far as tariffs they need to be placed. We are not even close in the trade deals. I’ve already seen a steel mill reopening and hopefully
    more open and other companies open start making our own again!

  • worldnci

    The surprising thing (Not) is that there are those in the Republican Party against our President..and their statement on Tariff just shows how little they are for we the people!! Find it odd that the ones leading the charge are the ones leaving office…I do not thing Ryan and crew will be successful!!

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    • Ron

      Gardner is actually my Senator and what a piece of crap. I attended his campaign rallies before he was elected and needless to say, he gave all the political B.S. to get elected. Since arriving in the swamp, he stuck his head up Michael Bennett’s but and hasn’t looked back.


    We Americans are really being given a history lesson. Why for the past 30 years has our nation been declining? We have a Republican party that many need a D after their names. When you have that element of discourse within your own party, NOTHING gets done or it takes years to accomplish anything! Come 2018 we as voters need to make these changes happen. Replacing the dems and replacing the little “r” republicans. To MAGA we must all work together and on the same page. The time is now or we will just continue down the path of dysfunctional government.

  • whisper

    FOLKS, VOTE THESE RINOS OUT OF OFFICE NEXT ELECTION. They only CARE about themselves, their interest, their investments, their families…..NOT YOUR’S!!

  • metheoldsarge

    What got Trump elected is simple. The voters were sick and tired of business as usual. Business as usual was voted out of the White House. The next step is to get business as usual out of Congress. As much as I hate to say it, a conservative Majority in Congress is a joke. The Liberals never lost control of Congress.

    What this country has been caught in all these years is a good old fashioned rut. One party makes all kinds of promises. When they get elected they go back to business as usual. The voters get mad and vote in the other party. Again we get business as usual. There is one thing the voters do not seem to realize. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

    I believe Trump is trying but he is up against a do nothing Congress. They aren’t getting anything done because they don’t want to. I believe the campaign promise the RINOs made to secure the border and repeal Obamacare was only to make brownie points with the voters to keep their seats. According to RINO Senator Cornyn, there was never any intention of doing either. I think Trump winning the White House caught all of them flat footed because they expected a Hillary win. Right up to Election Day the polls were giving Hillary over a 90% chance of a landslide victory. Now the RINOs are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Their true liberal colors are showing.

    What we need to do is vote the RINOs out of Congress and replace them with true conservatives. There are 33 Senate seats up for grabs this year. They are 8 Republicans, 23 Democrats and 2 independents. All the seats in the House are up for grabs. Get them in the primaries. By encouraging new candidates to run against the incumbents in the Primaries, you can vote against the incumbent without having to sacrifice party loyalty. That is what happened to Arlin Specter, Tom Foley and Eric Cantor.

    The way the RINOs have been acting this past year, I suspect that one of two things will happen in the midterms this year. Many RINOs could lose their seats to other Republican challengers in the Primaries or lose them to Democrats in the General Midterm. Get them in the Primaries.

    The GOP has done everything to disappoint me and nothing to impress me. They work hard. I will give them that. They are working hard to make sure that two of the biggest campaign promises of 2016 will not be kept. Remember when George H. W. Bush said “Read my lips” in 1988? We all know what happened in 1992 as a result of that broken promise. This time the RINOs weren’t even smart enough to put it all on Trump like The Democrats did to Bush in 1992.

    Reelect no one. Fire them all.

    • Benjamin Anderson

      Very well said. If we the Conservatives could stop using the “F” word and the “N” word in every other sentence and realize that it’s not the Blacks, Mexicans or other minorities that is dragging down our country. It is this government funded propaganda machine, spread by the government funded educational institutions and driven by the “globalization” loving mass news/entertainment media and they are all represented by the politicians voted in by us. We have to realize that getting mad and throwing tantrums is not making us look better and/or logical in the least.

      I am Asian, I was born in Korea but I was adopted by a white family and raised on a ranch up in Montana. This was just at the end of the Korean War and I grew up during the Vietnam War, so as you can imagine I faced a lot of racism. Those that didn’t like me because I was Korean, didn’t like me because they thought I was Indian or Mexican (being half white – yes my father was some GI stationed over there – I could pass for any of the races). Having said this I grew up as an American and throughout my schooling I learned to love America and American ideals. How we (a ragtag bunch of individuals – proud and strong) faced down the power of the world and became a nation that revered the strength and the power of the individual and put together a NEW form of government that was designed to give the power to the individuals and restrict the power of the Federal State. The problem is that they (the founding Fathers) didn’t realize the intellectual greed that would take two hundred plus years to creep into our political system.

      It started with Andrew Jackson and this is where it gets tricky. Andrew Jackson was the face of the new party; the “Democratic National Party” and they were formed in response to the Republican’s willingness to allow federal governmental interference. Remember this is during the real start of the abolition of slavery and succession talks. It all came to a head during the election of 1860 between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican and Stephen Douglas, a Democrat. The one ran on the platform of “One United States” and human dignity and one ran on “the Rights and sovereignty of the States” and the rights of an individual to own another. And yes I had to learn American history, the presidents and say the Pledge of Allegiance” during the naturalization process to be able to get my citizenship and it is my opinion that there is NOTHING wrong with requiring anyone that wants to become an American to become AN AMERICAN!!
      And then Roosevelt figured out how to get the working man on board and Johnson figured out how to con the Blacks and the Women. And that is where we are, because we are ALL looking for handouts. We won’t boycott Ford even though they sponsor CNN. We won’t stop watching the shows that make us conservatives look like idiots. We won’t go to city council meetings and county meetings. We won’t go to vote. ‘Cause it all takes time away from my work. Only when it gets so bad that it hurts will we really try to do something, and then it will be TOO LATE.

  • wayne g dearry

    This clown doesn’t want a long term fix and should stop listening to the lobbyist

  • lorna shores

    maybe they are getting kick backs from these countries, to keep trump from imposing tarifs

  • Jmanjo

    Cory Gardner is a another damn idiot from Colorado. Bunch of pot headed air heads with no idea how to legislate or govern themselves

  • Carl

    We need TERM LIMITS on Congress asap….. Since so many GOP Congress people and Senators have joined the DemoRats in opposing Trump (for their own political good and not the good of middle class Americans)….Trump should advocate for an AMENDMENT to the Constitution for TERM LIMITS….the people would support it since Congress approval ratings are far, far below President Trump’s. Support TERM LIMITS to MAGA….

  • Carl

    Donald J. Trump won the Presidency because enough Americans decided that enough was enough with politicians who only care about themselves and RE-ELECTION….politicians who have sold out working Americans for long enough. The DemoRats want ILLEGALS for VOTES and the GOP want ILLEGALS for cheap labor for their corporate masters…..Urge President Trump to push for TERM LIMITS for these career politician ELITISTS…it’s our only hope to MAGA…. - 2015 | Privacy Policy