September 17, 2017

U.S. Senators, Former Military Officers Tell Trump Administration To Act On Section 232

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) last week sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting that his department quickly conclude its Section 232 investigation into whether steel imports into the United States have harmed national security. According to Politico’s “Morning Trade,” the letter said that continued delays in issuing the report have led to a “corresponding surge of steel imports entering the U.S. market.” The senators argued, “Further postponement of the Section 232 investigation will invite a growing deluge of steel imports into the U.S. and cause even greater damage to the U.S. steel sector.”

As Connecting the Dots reported last Monday, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) made similar arguments in a letter sent to President Donald Trump earlier this month. Click here to read more about MSCI’s letter.

Ten former U.S. military officials also weighed in on this issue last week, also writing directly to President Trump to ask that he quickly take action to protect the U.S. steel and aluminum sectors. That letter said, “America's increasing reliance on imported steel and aluminum from potentially hostile or uncooperative foreign governments, or via uncertain supply routes, jeopardizes our national security.” The officers argued for “effective and enforceable remedies to maintain and strengthen our manufacturing sector.”