Washington, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2019) – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking a copy of the Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary’s final report to the President regarding the Section 232 investigation into the national security impacts of the Administration’s proposed automobile tariffs. The Administration has recently stated that it will not make the report public and has no obligation to do so.  CoA Institute disagrees and filed FOIA requests so that the public can see the report.

“The public has a right to see the Commerce report that purports to justify the Administration’s escalating tariffs, which are nothing more than taxes on American consumers,” said CoA Institute Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt. “A 25 percent tariff on imported cars and automobile parts will harm American consumers and businesses and is likely to provoke retaliation from our trade allies. Cause of Action Institute intends to use all avenues available to ensure that this report is released to the public, including litigation if necessary.”

The Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Automobiles, Including Cars, SUVs, Vans and Light Trucks, and Automotive Parts will provide recommendations for the Administration’s proposal to impose a 25% tariff on imports of cars and car parts. CoA Institute sent requests to both the Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Industry and Security for a copy of this report.




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