Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement on President Biden’s misuse of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act to impose tariffs on aluminum from the United Arab Emirates:
“Imported aluminum from the United Arab Emirates does not pose a national security threat to the United States, nor has it ever. Using taxes to coerce American companies to purchase domestically sourced aluminum is nothing more than an insincere populist talking point. In actuality, taxes like this have hurt American consumers, cost workers their jobs, and plagued the American manufacturing sector for the past several years. There was a bipartisan congressional effort during the previous administration to rein in unilateral executive authority to levy these taxes. This decision by President Biden proves this effort should continue.”
In 2018 and 2019, more than 75,000 manufacturing jobs were lost due to the March 2018 tariffs on steel and aluminum.