WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the challenge by steel importers to the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute, thereby leaving in place the decisions of the lower courts:
“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today rightly affirmed our strong belief, and the previous decisions of the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals, that the challenge to the Section 232 statute is without merit. This lawsuit by steel importers was a weak attempt to mask the fact that surging foreign imports have severely impacted the domestic steel industry and threaten our national and economic security. The decision by the Supreme Court today not to hear further arguments in this case is acknowledgement once again that Congress acted within its constitutional authority when it authorized the president to take action to adjust imports that threaten to impair our national security. We have consistently maintained this fact and are pleased that the highest Court agreed,” Gibson said.
AISI, in conjunction with the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), had previously submitted two amicus curiae briefs in the case in support of the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute.
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