AAM on Congressional Effort to Limit Executive’s National Security Tariff Authority

Washington, D.C. – A new bill expected in the U.S. House of Representatives today and an accompanying bill expected soon in the U.S. Senate aim to significantly undermine the executive branch's authority to adjust imports on national security grounds under Section 232 of our trade laws.

Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul:

"Weakening the ability to push back against market-distorting, anti-competitive practices will only embolden the nations whose trade cheating puts our national security at risk. And it will cost American jobs. Instead of pulling the rug from under the current and future executive, I'd like to see Congress initiate its own trade actions to stand up for American workers. Instead, too many lawmakers have sat on the sidelines as jobs have been shipped overseas. This misguided bill should never become law."

BACKGROUND: U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are expected to introduce the bill's Senate version, while U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) plan to introduce the House version. The bill is similar to legislation introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Gallagher and former Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).