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White House to meet with Steel Caucus on 232

Feb 12, 2018 | 04:41 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  White House, Donald Trump, Congressional Steel Caucus, Section 232, imports, steel, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — White House officials are scheduled to meet with Congressional Steel Caucus leadership on Tuesday February 13 about the administration’s Section 232 investigation into steel imports, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The meeting, which was organized by the White House and scheduled for the morning, comes after a group of leading US steel industry executives and trade associations on February 1 sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding “immediate action” on the Section 232 probe.

The Steel Caucus has also urged the president to take a harder line on trade issues to defend domestic steelmakers.

The Congressional Steel Caucus is co-chaired by Congressmen Mike Bost (R-Illinois) and Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas). Representative Pete Visclosky (D-Indiana) is vice chair of the group.

The US Commerce Department brought the Section 232 petition versus steel imports - another petition is pending versus aluminium - last April. Trump has until mid-April to act on recommendations Commerce made last month.

Those findings have not been made public. The Section 232 recommendation is rumored to include a mix of tariffs and quotas intended to stymie imports.

Michael Cowden


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