The U.S. Commerce Department announced it has initiated an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, to determine whether imports of automobiles (including SUVs, vans, and light trucks) and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security.
According to a Commerce Department release, the investigation will consider whether the decline of domestic automobile and automotive parts production threatens to weaken the internal economy of the United States. A notice will be published in the Federal Register announcing a hearing date and inviting comment from industry and the public to assist in the investigation.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee today released a statement from the Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT):
Commerce’s 232 investigation into the national security implications of trade in automobiles, trucks and auto parts is deeply misguided. For most Americans, cars are the second largest purchase they make, after their homes. Taxing cars, trucks and auto parts coming into the country would directly hit American families who need a dependable vehicle, whether they choose a domestic or a global brand. Instead of taking from the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans, I urge the administration to remain focused on addressing China’s trade practices and to work constructively with our trading partners to increase opportunities overseas for American businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers.
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