Fed. Circ. Casts Doubt On Nixing White House Tariff Power

By Christopher Cole (January 10, 2020, 6:36 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit raised doubts Friday about U.S. steel importers' push to overturn a 1962 statute used in President Donald Trump's trade fight, as judges asked why Congress can't delegate broad tariff authority to the White House on national security grounds.

The importers, led by the American Institute for International Steel, are trying to persuade the circuit to overturn a Court of International Trade decision from March 2019 that backed Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act as a constitutional delegation of Congress' powers.

The statute allows the White House to unilaterally impose tariffs on national security grounds based on the...

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