Letter: It’s unconstitutional for Trump to impose tariffs

It’s unconstitutional for
Trump to impose tariffs

Mr. Trump seems to have ridden roughshod over the Constitution with respect to tariffs.

In Article 1, Section 8, it says “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general welfare of the United States, but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”

As far as I can tell from various dictionaries, duties and tariffs are equivalent. In Article 2, Section 2, the president is given power to make treaties, providing two-thirds of senators concur. There is no mention of his empowerment toward duties, tariffs, etc.

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In the present tariff proposal, when Trump said it would go into effect in 15 days, where is our Congress? Does nobody read the Constitution anymore?

Emory Menefee

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