WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Section 232 statute, brought by American Institute for International Steel (AIIS). In response to this decision, Philip K. Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) issued the following statement:

“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly ruled that the challenge from AIIS had no rational basis on which to succeed. This decision affirms two things. First, unfairly traded steel continues to plague domestic markets. Second, the President has broad constitutional authority to act when import surges threaten our country’s economic prosperity and national security.”

The SMA has long held that the President acted in accordance with the law and that 232 steel import tariffs are necessary and working.  The SMA filed two amicus briefs in support of the administration and has lobbied for the continuation of Section 232 tariffs.

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SMA is the largest steel industry trade association in the United States and is the primary trade association representing North American EAF steel producers. EAF steelmakers account for almost 70 percent of domestic steelmaking capacity using an innovative, 21st-century production process that is less energy-intensive and has lower carbon emissions than traditional steelmaking. SMA’s producer members and associate members have operations in 43 states.  For more information check out our website at www.steelnet.org  or our Facebook page.