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Toomey Statement on Trump Decision to Not Levy Tariffs on Imported Autos Last Week

November 20, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision not to levy new ‘national security' tariffs on imported automobiles last week. This decision comes about 18 months after the Commerce Department initially began examining whether imported automobiles threaten our national security:

"Volkswagen Beetles and Toyota Corollas do not threaten American security. I am pleased President Trump chose not to levy new ‘national security' tariffs on imported automobiles last week.

"As a recent U.S. trade court opinion stated, the president's authority to impose ‘national security' tariffs or other import restrictions under section 232 is not indefinite. With the 180-day deadline having passed, the window for new ‘national security' taxes on imported automobiles has closed. The law also requires the administration to publish its decision and accompanying report in the Federal Register. I encourage President Trump to do this, as it would provide certainty to workers, consumers, and manufacturers, while improving conditions for economic growth and investment."