Frustration with Trump’s tariffs grows in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes.

A key Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump’s trade actions, and others joined him on Wednesday promising a complementary bill.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional hearings to put the spotlight on the economic fallout for local farmers and businesses.

The prospects for any votes on trade legislation before the August recess are dim. Still, lawmakers appear to be putting the Trump administration on notice.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says that if the administration continues “with its misguided and reckless reliance on tariffs,” he’ll push for legislation. He says he’s discussing options with colleagues now.