Senate And House Stand Up To Trump, Unanimously Pass Bill To Cut Tariffs On Hundreds Of Chinese Goods: Report
Donald Trump has come under a lot of fire for starting a trade war with China after he imposed tariffs, causing tension between the two countries. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate quietly passed legislation that would lower trade barriers on hundreds of items made in China.
It was no debate, the Senate unanimously voted in a bill that would cut or eliminate tariffs of roughly 1,660 items that were made outside the U.S.
The bill also passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.
According to Reuters, nearly half of the items on the list are produced in China.
Donald Trump had announced a series of tariffs on Chinese imports, claiming that it’s to halt a Chinese surge in high-technology industries that threaten to displace U.S. dominance.
In response, China retaliated with its own tariffs on imports from the U.S.
According to the report, both the House and the Senate plan on resolving minor differences before sending the legislation to the president to sign into law.
“It makes no sense because it is a direct and punishing tax on making things in America and for creating jobs in America,” the trade group’s president, Jay Timmons, said in a prepared statement celebrating the bill’s passage.