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White House to Roll Out Bill to Expand Trump’s Tariff Powers, Sources Say

  • President is said to announce his plan at State of the Union
  • The proposal is seen as a hard sell to Democrats in Congress
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President Donald Trump is expected to urge Congress in his State of the Union address this month to pass new legislation that would expand his powers to break down non-tariff barriers to American exports, according to people familiar with the plan.

The bill, crafted by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro’s office along with the Trade Representative’s office and the Commerce Department, would seek to give the president broad authority to increase U.S. tariffs if he considers other countries’ tariff and non-tariff measures to be too restrictive, a person briefed on the legislation said.