The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to allow the United States to bypass a temporary stop on trade with Mexico.
The measure, H.R. 579, passed the House unanimously.
It was the second time this year that Congress has passed legislation that allows the president to bypass the 15-day notice period that a trade deal has to go through Congress before it can be signed into law.
Trump, in the midst of his first 100 days in office, has signaled he would use the bill to bypass Congress.
“We can make deals with Mexico, Mexico can make trade deals with the United Kingdom, we can make a deal with Canada,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office last month.
“I’ll tell you what.
I think we’re going to make great deals with all the different countries in the world.”
The bill would not give Trump the authority to unilaterally block imports from Mexico and Canada.
It would only allow the president the authority if Congress passed a joint resolution of disapproval that specifically calls on the president not to enter into a trade agreement with Mexico or Canada.
The House passed the bill with a vote of 251-205.
It had to be approved by both chambers of Congress.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and co-sponsored by Reps.
John Shimkus, R.-Ill., Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Tom Price, R.I. Both Shimkus and Polis are Republicans.
The president has repeatedly called on Congress to pass a joint congressional resolution to block the trade deal.
Last week, Trump threatened to use his veto power to block passage of the trade agreement, even though he has not signed the trade bill.
“If we have to do it, we will do it,” Trump said at the time.
“The only thing I’m asking is if Congress passes a joint bill with Mexico and Mexico passes a special joint bill.”
The president also has said he is prepared to use the 15 day notice period to veto the agreement, although he has indicated that he does not want to be locked into a deal that he cannot reverse at any time.