Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Commerce's release of its section 232 "national security" report on imported automobiles to Congress:
 
“The Commerce Department has a statutory obligation to Congress, and to the American people, to release all of their Section 232 reports. That obligation includes this report on automobiles which was required to be released on January 19, 2020. It was wholly unacceptable that the previous administration defied federal law and refused to release this report. I commend Secretary Raimondo and the Biden administration for making this report public. A quick glance confirms what we expected: The justification for these tariffs was so entirely unfounded that even the authors were too embarrassed to let it see the light of day.”

 
Background:
 
  • Senator Toomey authored an amendment that passed into law within the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2020 that required the release of the imported autos 232 report on January 19, 2020.
  • On top of the report released today, Commerce is required by law to release four other 232 reports, on uranium ore, titanium sponge, transformers and their components, and vanadium.
 

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