What Happened: Lawyers working on behalf of the American Institute for International Steel have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case to strike down Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, Law360 reported April 15.
Why It Matters: Although the case has little chance of succeeding, striking down Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act would undermine the U.S. government's ability to impose a wide range of import tariffs, including currently existing restrictions on steel and aluminum.
Background: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act gives the executive branch the authority to limit imports on national security grounds. The Trump administration has used the act to place restrictions and quotas on steel and aluminum imports, and President Donald Trump is currently deciding whether to impose tariffs on vehicles, auto parts and uranium.
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