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July 1, 2019

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge To President’s Section 232 Authority

As Politico reports, the U.S. Supreme Court decided last Monday against hearing a case that challenged the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s Section 232 steel tariffs. American steel importers, led by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS), had requested that the judges review a March ruling from the U.S. Court of International Trade that upheld the constitutionality of President Trump’s use of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

AIIS challenged the president’s interpretation of Section 232, arguing that his use of the law was an “improper delegation” of Congress’s authorities. The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case means that Court of International Trade’s ruling remains in place.

Members of Congress, including U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have promised to introduce legislation to curb the president’s ability to use Section 232, however.