Todd Watson says Congress should be creating trade policy, not President Trump.
He says the Constitution gives the legislative branch power to regulate foreign commerce, so he says Fischer is not doing her job.
“She has power over tariffs. She has power over regulating foreign commerce,” Watson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, if we actually exercise the power given to Congress, we’ll make progress in trade.”
The president has authority to issue temporary tariffs and has fast track authority to negotiate new trade deals.
Senator Fischer says she and her colleagues are advising President Trump as he renegotiates trade with China and other countries, which is how fast track authority works.
“What we want to see are opportunities to be able to have the export markets that we currently have, but also to grow new ones,” Fischer says. “That’s why I think it’s so important that we continue to talk to the president.”
When it comes to taxation authority, Watson says Congress, not the president, has that responsibility.
“So the fact she’s just talking with [Agriculture Secretary] Sonny Perdue and [President] Trump, and saying, ‘We’re talking tough!’ isn’t constitutionally accurate,” Watson says. “She has power over tariffs.”
Fischer says she is hopeful the Trump Administration will reach a deal with China soon, so the trade dispute comes to an end.
“We continue to advocate to the president to push the president and give him more information about the importance of those markets to our producers, to our states,” Fischers says of input Republican senators are giving the president.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:38]