The Wall Street Journal: McConnell rules out legislation to block Trump’s tariffs

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all but ruled out advancing legislation to undo President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, saying that such an action would be unlikely to succeed.

“On the trade issue, as all of you know, the administration pretty much has ball control,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters. “The thought that the president would sign a bill that would undo actions he’s taken strikes me as remote at best. I like to use floor time in the Senate for things that actually have a chance to become law. So I think it’s highly unlikely we’d be dealing with that in a legislative way.”

The stance taken by McConnell, who has expressed opposition to the tariffs, effectively puts an end to questions about whether the GOP-led Congress would directly challenge Trump on the issue of trade duties.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.,has introduced a bill to nullify the tariffs, and other Republicans were drafting their own legislation, but with no path to a floor vote a legislative approach is essentially over before it got started.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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