March 23, 2022

New Democrat Coalition Trade Leaders Welcome New U.S.-U.K. Agreement to Remove the Trump-era Section 232 Tariffs on Britain

Removing Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Will Help Domestic Manufacturers, Lower Prices for Consumers, and Strengthen American Leadership

Following the announcement of a 232 tariff agreement between the United States and United Kingdom, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) trade leaders, led by Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind (WI-03) and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and NDC Vice Chair for Policy Scott Peters (CA-52), released the following statement:   

“New Dems applaud the Biden administration’s recent agreement with the United Kingdom to roll back the damaging and misguided Trump-era 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum. New Dems have long pushed for the removal of these harmful tariffs on our allies and close trading partners, and we welcome this progress during a critical time in the world. Removing these tariffs will not only provide relief for domestic manufacturers and help lower prices for American families, but will also strengthen our allies and American leadership and engagement on the global stage.  

“Since our founding 25 years ago, the New Democrat Coalition has been focused on a smart trade agenda that lowers prices for families, bolsters U.S. leadership of the global rules-based order, and grows our economy to make sure every American has the opportunity to succeed. Wapplaud President Biden, Secretary Raimondo, and Ambassador Tai on their continued leadership and will work with the Biden administration to further ensure U.S. innovators, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and workers can thrive. America is made stronger when we help lead the global economy.”  

New Dem Members have long called for the U.S. to roll back Section 232 tariffs on our allies and close trading partners in order to pursue a more effective strategy to address global steel and aluminum overcapacity challenges and counter the abuses of non-market economies. New Dem trade leaders urged Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to roll back tariffs on the United Kingdom, following successful efforts to urge the administration to reach agreements with the European Union and Japan.