WASHINGTON — Congress edged closer Thursday to preventing the European Union from levying $4 billion in punitive tariffs on U.S. imports, including $100 million in apparel and textiles, but the issue is far from resolved.

Come Tuesday, the EU will be authorized by the World Trade Organization to levy the 100 percent tariffs. The proposed sanctions arose when the WTO sided last year with the EU in declaring a U.S. tax break an illegal subsidy for American corporations operating abroad that also manufacture in America for export.

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