7 Apr, 2020
Section 232 Investigations: Overview and Issues for Congress [Updated April 7, 2020]
Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Fefer, Rachel F.; Hammond, Keigh E.; Jones, Vivian Catherine; Murrill, Brandon J.; Platzer, Michaela D.; Williams, Isabelle
From the Introduction: "The Trump Administration has conducted five investigations, two of which have led to presidential proclamations imposing tariffs on U.S. imports of certain steel and aluminum products, 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.' The Constitution gives Congress primary authority over international trade matters. In the case of Section 232, Congress has delegated to the President broad authority to impose limits on imports in the interest of U.S. national security. The statute does not require congressional approval of any presidential actions that fall within its scope."
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  • Authors
    Fefer, Rachel F.
    Hammond, Keigh E.
    Jones, Vivian Catherine
    Murrill, Brandon J.
    Platzer, Michaela D.
    Williams, Isabelle
  • Publisher
    Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
  • Report Number
    CRS Report for Congress, R45249
  • Date
    7 Apr, 2020
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Congressional Research Service: crsreports.congress.gov/
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  • Subjects
    Tariff--Government policy
  • Resource Group
    Reports (CRS)

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