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The Wall Street Journal: Senate passes symbolic vote to rein in Trump tariffs

WASHINGTON — With the Trump administration announcing a new round of tariffs on China, the Senate took a symbolic step Wednesday toward asserting its power over levies that President Donald Trump has already imposed.

The vote was viewed as a gauge of whether the GOP-controlled chamber had the appetite to try to rein in the party’s leader.

Trump has often sought to placate congressional critics by framing his trade measures as helpful to the Farm Belt, a GOP stronghold, tweeting from Europe on Wednesday that U.S. “farmers have done poorly for 15 years. Other countries’ trade barriers and tariffs have been destroying their businesses.

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