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Section 232 Investigations: Overview and Issues for Congress [Updated April 2, 2019]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "On March 8, 2018, President Trump issued two proclamations imposing tariffs on U.S. imports of certain steel and aluminum products, respectively, using presidential powers granted under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Section 232 authorizes the President to impose restrictions on certain imports based on an affirmative determination by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) that the targeted products are being imported into the United States 'in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.' Section 232 investigations and actions are important for Congress, as the Constitution gives it primary authority over international trade matters. [...] This report provides an overview of Section 232, analyzes the Trump Administration's Section 232 investigations and actions, and considers potential policy and economic implications and issues for Congress. To provide context for the current debate, the report also includes a discussion of previous Section 232 investigations and a brief legislative history of the statute."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R45249
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2019-04-02
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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