Toomey, Corker, Brown

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Toomey: (11:47 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Then there was relief but then that expired. Now the tariffs are back. We've gone too far down the road. This has become very disruptive. This is bad for our economy. It's bad for my constituents. And fundamentally, it's a responsibility that we have. It's in the Constitution. It says so. And so what this amendment does, it simply says, look, the president can invoke 232. The president can invoke national security if he sees fit, but he has to come back to Congress for an expedited up-or-down vote. And, frankly, that's exactly what our responsibility is. This bill is relevant. The ag community is more adversely affected by the retaliation against these ill-conceived tariffs than any other sector of the economy I can think of."


Senator Corker: (11:54 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "Some of my friends on the other side of the aisle who, by the way, we have many people on the other side of the aisle supporting this legislation, this amendment. Some of them have said, well, but we don't want to hurt our ability to impose tariffs on China. This has nothing to do with that. As the senator from Pennsylvania mentioned, the president has used the Section 201 of the Trade Act to put in place tariffs on solar panels and on washing machines. He did that in January. The additional tariffs that he's putting in place on China are under Section 301. What this amendment narrowly focuses on is the abuse of authority that the administration is utilizing to put tariffs in place on Canada, Mexico, and many of our allies, especially in Europe."


Senator Brown: (11:56 a.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "I would say to my colleagues today, to Senator Toomey and Senator Corker, I understand they have some bipartisan support on this. I'd say that probably the worst thing you do for America's farmers is jeopardize passage of the farm bill today. I've spoken with Senator Roberts and Senator Stabenow about that. That's exactly what this amendment would do. The amendment would gut most importantly, it would gut one of our trade enforcement tools, a tool Congress passed and enhanced in the finance committee just in the last couple of years, passed to ensure we protect the industries necessary to defend our country."