In a case in which the Biden administration sided with former President Donald Trump, the steel tariffs imposed by Trump will remain in force.
Monday, the court refused USP Holdings’ request to hear its appeal after lower courts rejected its contention that the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it implemented the tariffs.
According to the Epoch Times, President Joseph Biden has left the tariffs essentially as Trump put them and has backed the tariffs in the court fight against USP Holdings and other firms that claim they import steel and have been harmed by the tariffs.
Supreme Court Leaves Trump’s Steel Import Tariffs Intact 👍 https://t.co/yfk7sNVqhA
— Susan Stapel (@StapelSusan) March 27, 2023
Politico said that although the tariffs offended friends, American workers were a factor in Biden’s decision to maintain a portion of Trump’s policies.
“The Biden administration understands that simply lifting steel tariffs without any solution in place, particularly beyond the dialogue, could well mean layoffs and plant closures in Pennsylvania and in Ohio and other states where obviously the impact would be felt not only economically but politically,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance of American Manufacturing.
The taxes became effective on March 1, 2018. A 25 percent tariff on imported steel from the majority of countries and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum were implemented.
“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore — we win big. It’s easy!” Trump tweeted upon the imposition of the tariff.
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
The argument principally centered on the administrative processes surrounding the adoption of the tariff.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
As noted in their petition to the Supreme Court, USP and the other companies suing tried to claim that former Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ report that recommended the tariff was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, claiming the report was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The Trade Court rejected that argument in 2021, saying the report was not a final agency action. CONTINUE READING…