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March 16, 2020

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Information On Section 232

FastmarketsAMM (subscription required) reports that two federal lawmakers from Ohio and Pennsylvania have asked President Donald Trump to expand his Section 232 tariffs to certain electrical steel imports from Canada and Mexico. In a letter, U.S. Reps. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) and Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) said, “We have strong reason to believe that unfairly traded imports of minimally transformed grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) are pouring into Canada and Mexico. … These imports are then being used to create downstream products that are entering the US at such low prices they are further eroding the US electrical steel market.”

In other Section 232 news: eight U.S. senators last week filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit calling for the release of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Section 232 report examining whether imports of autos and auto parts threaten U.S. national security. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are the senators who signed the letter.