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Toomey Statement on Trump Restoring Tariffs on Argentinian and Brazilian Steel and Aluminum

December 2, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he is restoring Section 232 tariffs on Argentinian and Brazilian steel and aluminum:

"The President has announced his intention to restore tariffs on Argentinian and Brazilian steel and aluminum. He is justifying these tariffs by citing Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. This provision is exclusively meant for national security threats. Yet, the President has acknowledged that the real purpose of this action is to combat currency manipulation - which does not pose a national security threat. Furthermore, even if this action were legitimate, the statutory window for imposing these tariffs has closed. These actions further underscore that Congress should take up my legislation that would reassert congressional authority regarding imposition of national security tariffs."