Supreme Court Turns Down Request to Review Legality of President Trump’s Section 232 Tariffs

Date: July 9, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to look over President Donald Trump’s use of Sec. 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports for national security reasons. A steel industry trade group made the appeal, arguing that the president’s reasoning gives him a broad range of options to impose tariffs, violating the constitution.

“Section 232 essentially turns over to the president the entirety of Congress’s constitutional power to impose tariffs and other restrictions on imports,” the American Institute for International Steel proclaimed, hoping the Supreme Court would move to question President Trump’s actions.

Though the president temporarily dropped the tariffs he imposed on Canada and Mexico, many other nations, including China and the European Union, face 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and a ten percent duty on aluminum. President Trump also threatened to impose the same tariffs on automobiles and their parts imported into the U.S.

“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court did not agree to hear this case now, but we will continue our efforts in the Federal Circuit to have section 232 declared unconstitutional,” Alan Morrison, a lawyer for the American Institute for International Steel, wrote in an email. “Once the Federal Circuit has spoken, we expect that the losing party will ask the Supreme Court to review that decision.”

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