Washington, D.C., June 24, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge brought by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) regarding the constitutionality of Section 232 national security tariffs levied on steel imports. The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) is encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision and continues to support the Trump administration’s actions on trade enforcement.

By declining the challenge, the U.S. Supreme Court will await a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Historically, the President has wide-ranging authority over trade and national security matters.

“Currently, 232 national security measures have led to increased capacity utilization, industry job growth, and additional investment announcements by steel producers throughout the United States,” said SMA President, Philip K. Bell.

Bell added, “President Trump imposed steel tariffs as a straightforward and effective measure countering against unfairly and illegally traded steel imports. Unfortunately, these imports continue to find their way to American soil.”

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SMA is the largest steel industry trade association in the United States, primarily representing North American Electric Arc Furnace (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 a lower carbon footprint than blast furnace steelmaking. Through EAF steel production, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, and plastic combined. SMA’s 25 EAF producer members and over 100 associate members have operations in 43 states.  For more information check out our website at www.steelnet.org  or our Facebook page.