By Mark Flatten | The Washington Examiner
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tariff waivers for hundreds of imported goods probably won’t become law unless Congress reforms the “ugly” process for getting them heard, two senators pushing for changes said today.
There is enough opposition to block passage of pending Miscellaneous Tariff Bill legislation, particularly among Senate Republicans who view them as violations of the congressional earmark ban imposed last year, said U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
The key to getting the process moving again is reforming the MTB process so that members of Congress are no longer required to sponsor bills for a company to receive a tariff waiver it is entitled to by law, said McCaskill.
The Missouri Democrat co-sponsoring legislation to do that with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Tariff waivers are available for products that have no domestic manufacturer.