McCaskill, Blunt back Senate resolution seeking more say on tariffs

U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri were among a bipartisan group of 88 senators Wednesday who voted to express disapproval of recent trade actions by the Trump administration.

In an 88-11 vote, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution to give Congress more say in tariffs imposed in the name of national security.

The symbolic motion followed Tuesday’s announcement that the administration is considering a new round of tariffs targeting $200 billion of Chinese goods. The White House has complained of China engaging in practices ranging from cybertheft to forced technology transfer.

On Wednesday, lawmakers expressed their frustration over President Donald Trump’s recent implementation of tariffs during the vote. The measure directs Capitol Hill negotiators trying to reconcile separate spending bills to include language that allows Congress to play a role when such tariffs are put in place.

McCaskill, a Democrat, has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s tariffs in recent weeks, advocating for Missouri businesses and industries affected by the trade moves.

“This trade war is already costing Missourians jobs and it needs to end,” McCaskill said in a statement on Wednesday. “This dramatic escalation will only hurt more Missourians and bring greater uncertainty to those who need it most—our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.”

Blunt, a Republican, did not issue any immediate public statement after Wednesday’s vote.

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