U.S. Senate quietly votes to cut tariffs on hundreds of Chinese goods

    FILE PHOTO: Shipping containers are seen at a port in Shanghai, China July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As trade tensions escalate between Washington and Beijing, the U.S. Senate quietly passed legislation on Thursday that would lower trade barriers on hundreds of items made in China.

    With no debate, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would cut or eliminate tariffs on toasters, chemicals and roughly 1,660 other items made outside the United States.

    Nearly half of those items are produced in China, according to a Reuters analysis of government records.