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Commerce Department

(Daily News)
June 25, 2018

President Trump’s use of Section 232 tariffs has united the world in opposition to the U.S., Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) said Sunday, heralding a “jailbreak brewing” in Congress to rein in the executive branch.


(In Trade)
June 22, 2018

Ross suggested the investigation could be wrapped up by July.


(Daily News)
June 20, 2018

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to justify the administration’s decision to initiate a Section 232 investigation into imports of autos and auto parts, but Ross offered little new information.


(In Trade)
June 20, 2018

Ross: “No reason for tariffs to increase the price of steel by far more than the percentage of the tariff. And yet that's what has been happening ... clearly [as] a result of antisocial behavior by participants in the industry.”


(Daily News)
June 20, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday said his agency was turning a corner in assessing requests for product exclusions from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum and defended the administration against accusations from Senate Finance Committee members that the process has been burdensome and ineffective.


(In Trade)
June 20, 2018

The Commerce secretary laments what he calls “the extreme dependence that our country has on foreigners that are not always necessarily our friends.”


(In Trade)
June 20, 2018

The department, he claimed, “is making an unprecedented effort to process the requests expeditiously.”


(In Trade)
June 19, 2018

“The Senate Finance Committee – which has jurisdiction over international trade policy – will further examine Section 232 and opportunities for a better course forward.”


(In Trade)
June 19, 2018

The mission “underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to both advance opportunities and to eliminate trade barriers to strengthen the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship.”


(In Trade)
June 18, 2018

The U.S. Aluminum Association announced and lauded new duties on imports.


(In Trade)
June 18, 2018

“Current lumber shortages and high prices for U.S. homebuyers could have been avoided if the Commerce Department had seized the opportunity last fall to sign a lasting agreement in this sector.”


(In Trade)
June 14, 2018

The U.S. Lumber Coalition says the letter “states that anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. on Canadian softwood lumber are the chief driver of current lumber prices, a claim that is inaccurate.”


(Daily News)
June 14, 2018

The Trump administration hopes to complete its Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of autos and auto parts imports before voters head to the polls in November, potentially putting Republican lawmakers who oppose tariffs on autos in a precarious position, according to industry sources.


(Daily News)
June 13, 2018

The White House on Wednesday issued a soft warning to Congress against an amendment to a defense bill that would re-impose potentially fatal penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE and undo a less severe deal it agreed to with the Trump administration earlier this month.


(In Trade)
June 13, 2018

Announcing a June 20 hearing, Chairman Hatch says the tariffs “are ultimately paid by American consumers and cause harm to American manufacturers, undermining the success of tax reform.”


(Daily News)
June 12, 2018

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday questioned nominees for key trade posts on how they would try to ensure due process is followed in Section 232 investigations and probed whether the U.S. is adequately prepared for retaliation.


(Daily News)
June 11, 2018

The Senate on Monday approved an amendment to a defense bill that would keep the Commerce Department from lifting sanctions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, but another amendment from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), requiring congressional approval for the imposition of Section 232 tariffs, still has procedural hurdles to overcome.


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