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Congress approves punitive tariffs against China
Congress acts to overturn court ruling that disallowed punitive tariffs against China
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Congress is acting to overturn a court ruling and confirm the Commerce Department's authority to impose tariffs aimed at countering trade practices of China and other countries the U.S. considers unfair.

The Senate, in a voice vote Monday, clarified that the government has the right, under World Trade Organization rules, to take action against countries such as China and Vietnam that have yet to adopt fully market economies and still heavily subsidize some exports.

The House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

A federal appellate court ruled in December that the Commerce Department did not have the authority to levy the tariffs because Congress has never explicitly given the agency that authority.

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