What we’re watching

If you learn of a federal, state or local issue potentially impacting your business, let us know. NAFEM is here to support the advocacy needs of its members. Contact Charlie Souhrada. In the meantime, we’re watching the issues below.

Opposition to import tariffs continues

Following are numerous items of interest regarding opposition to tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and goods from China.

AIIS Files Lawsuit

The American Institute for International Steel and two of its member companies (SIM-TEX, LLP and Kurt Orban Partners) have filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of International Trade challenging the constitutionality of Section 232 steel tariffs. The plaintiffs claim that Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 violates the constitutional prohibition against Congress delegating its legislative powers to the president because it does not adequately limit presidential discretion. Additional details are available in AISS’ press release and Q&A.

Representatives hold hearings on tariffs

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade are also holding hearings on the impact of the recently imposed tariffs. In mid-July the Subcommittee heard from agricultural industry representatives and from steel and aluminum companies.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes tariffs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents approximately three million U.S. businesses, announced that it will launch an anti-tariff focused campaign in advance of the upcoming November mid-year elections. The Chamber, the nation’s largest business lobbying group, has released the results of its recent study determining the state-by-state impact of recent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, as well as goods imported from China.