Anything Congress Can Do, Trump Can Do Better

Mike Mish Shedlock

Concern over tariffs erupted in Congress today. Republicans are openly feuding with Trump. I offer a musical tribute.

Yesterday, Trump imposed tariffs on another $200 billion of goods from China. Today Republican infighting broke out.

Please consider Senate Takes Step to Assert Power on Trade.

Senators voted Wednesday, 88-11, to instruct the lawmakers appointed to iron out differences with the House over a spending bill to also insert a provision giving a role to Congress when the executive branch decides to impose tariffs on the basis of national-security concerns.

“We have to rein in an abuse of presidential authority and to restore Congress’s constitutional authority in this regard,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), one of the authors of the measure.

Mr. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress’s ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national-security matters, saying that it has complicated efforts to exert what he deems as necessary pressure on U.S. allies—particularly those in Europe. Three people familiar with the details of these conversations said the president complained last year when Congress urged him to back a tough new sanctions bill that included proposed measures targeting Russia.

The president eventually signed the Russia sanctions bill but insisted in a statement that: “As president, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.

Non-binding Vote

The Senate vote is non-binding. The House needs to put similar language into a bill and have the president sign it to take effect.

No president ever signs a bill that limits his power.

Besides, Trump knows full well that anything Congress can do, he can do better.

Trump, Get Your Gun

Just remember: No one can do anything better than Trump.

As "proof", note that BMW is moving some South Carolina production to China and Tesla is doing the same.

US car prices will go up by as much as $6,000 per car.

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Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (17)
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thimk
thimk

Well congress finally realizes they are feckless. I guess they are victims of their own laws they passed. Over the years they have legislated/abrogated much of their powers to other branches of government. Look at the inability to reign in the deep state as an example. Now they don't have a mechanism to repeal those laws unless, as Mish has stated, the executive branch signs off . danger will robinson ! Is their any precedent that will allow voiding a bad law without presidential sign off? The chickens have come home to roost. Remember the legislative branch is our conduit for expression.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

Personally, I will stop laughing at Congress when they pass a real budget -- one that makes the hard decisions and lives within the government income. It is no wonder that Congress gets slightly less respect in polls than used car dealers. Our Political Class is an incompetent joke.

Tengen
Tengen

The lack of discipline means Congress is working hand in glove with our Fed overlords. Why limit ourselves?

While we're on the subject, would also be nice if Trump stopped signing the (omnibus) junk Congress hands to him.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

Maybe. Maybe not. All the best economists thought that the end of World War II would cause depression beyond our wildest dreams, as millions of demobilized service men joined the unemployment line and billions of $ in armaments contracts stopped cold. But reality did not match theory -- something that seems to happen a lot in the economics field.

Greggg
Greggg

CONgress is actually going to do something? Don't hold your breath... they are too busy posing for the camera.

gliderdude
gliderdude

Kinuach, true die-hard Repug. Give massive tax break to rich, then complain budget must be cut since we must balance budget. In other words fuck educating the next generation I want to buy a yacht. Except that you are right, gov not interested in educating and supporting its citizenry, rather it is more interested in managing the whole planet for an agenda outlined by its MIC. So yeah I would rather have a yacht than kill another 100,000 "terrorists" just for the F.O.I.

killben
killben

The Senators and Representatives can huff and puff however much they want but that is pretty much all they can do.

Allsfairthatendswell
Allsfairthatendswell

Mish, CONgress is a swamp. Our country has been sold out and you seem just fine with the result.

MorrisWR
MorrisWR

We agree on this one. Congress has let the Executive take more power than authorized to far too long. I also doubt there is much they will actually do but perhaps they finally are realizing it is a problem.

RonJ
RonJ

"...note that BMW is moving some South Carolina production to China and Tesla is doing the same.

US car prices will go up by as much as $6,000 per car."

Some 60,000 U.S. factories have closed over the years, leaving a large number of American workers without money needed to buy a car. I can't afford a BMW in the first place.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

BMW is an interesting point. Telsa is irrelevant. They are simply not a viable long-term company.

Sechel
Sechel

congress right now is only offering up non-binding resolutions. they are failing to exercise their constitutional powers. tariffs and treaties are the senate's domain ceded to the president.

sactown18
sactown18

What if Trump's goal isn't tariffs at all? They are just a means to an end that results in true free and open trade, not just on America's end.


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