Supreme Court Declines Challenge to Trump’s Steel Tariffs

A challenge to President Trump’s steel tariffs has been declined to be heard by the Supreme Court handing Trump a much-needed win.

According to Fox News:

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place President Trump’s 25 percent steel tariffs, declining to hear a challenge to the law that authorized it.

An association of steel importers and other companies argued that section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 is unconstitutional because it was an improper delegation of power to the president that should belong to Congress. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against them, the Supreme Court opted to let the matter end there.

“This case is an ideal vehicle for the Court to make clear that the nondelegation doctrine has continued vitality where the statute has no boundaries and Congress has delegated to the President unbridled discretion to tax imports and to impose other limitations as he sees fit,” the steel companies argued in their petition to the Supreme Court.

The appeals court and a lower court both ruled that this very issue was already decided in the 1976 case of Federal Energy Administration. v. Algonquin SNG, Inc., where the Supreme Court ruled that section 232 does not violate the nondelegation doctrine.

The exceptions to the tariffs were Canada and Mexico and Trump stated that it was his intention to protect the aluminum and steel industries while being flexible with those who are friendly with the U.S.


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