Lawmakers concerned over automobile tariffs


In the next 90 days, President Trump will make a decision that could impact nearly 400,000 auto industry jobs here in the United States.

On Sunday, the government submitted a report outlining the national security implications of auto imports.

The president must now decide whether to slap tariffs on foreign automobiles and parts.

It’s a big concern for Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell from Alabama where the auto industry is booming.

“It will cause job loss. It will cause the price of cars to go up and consumers may not be able to afford them,” said Congresswoman Sewell.

The Commerce Department submitted what’s known as a Section 232 report to President Trump. It was requested by the President to determine if auto imports pose a national security threat by undermining American manufacturing.

The president now has 90 days to decide whether to act.

Many Republicans in Congress have so far supported the president’s use of tariffs, as part of the effort to secure better trade deals.

But there is bipartisan opposition to the president’s threat to impose new tariffs. Representative Sewell filed a bill aimed at reining in the president’s tariff power and several Republicans in the House and Senate signed on.

They want the Department of Defense to verify that national security is being threatened before the president can act.

So far, details of the report delivered to President Trump aren’t being released, but lawmakers like Congresswoman Sewell are already convinced the president is overstepping his bounds.

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