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S. 2538: A bill to prohibit an increase in duties on imports of steel and aluminum.

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In early March, President Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. This would raise the prices of any non-American steel and aluminum imports by those percentages, apparently without regard to the country of origin.

This has provoked perhaps more vocal opposition from congressional Republican leadership than any other actions taken during his presidency.

The bill numbered S. 2538: A bill to prohibit an increase in duties on imports of steel and aluminum would nullify and repeal those tariffs.

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Jeff Flake

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Arizona. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Length: 3 pages

Mar 12, 2018


Introduced on Mar 12, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 12, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 12, 2018

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S. 2538 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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