The Club for Growth is key-voting sponsorship of a legislation from Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to undercut President Trump’s unilateral authority to levy certain tariffs.
The proposal might never receive a floor vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a supporter of granting presidents free reign to negotiate trade pacts, has indicated a preference to stay out of Trump’s way on trade, despite his own misgivings about the impact of the president’s tariffs on the booming economy. But the Club for Growth, a free-market advocacy group that is a top influencer in Republican primaries, is trying to pressure the GOP-controlled Senate to consider the Corker-Toomey bill by including whether or not members sign on as sponsors in its annual legislative score card.
“With a trade war ratcheting up today, it is imperative to make it more difficult to raise anti-growth tariffs that will only prolong the war and stall the economy,” Andrew Roth, the club’s vice president of government relations, said in a statement.
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