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U.S. Budget Seeks Funding for Tougher Trade Policy


(Jacob M. Schlesinger — Wall Street Journal)

The department’s International Trade Administration wants to add 38 new positions for trade enforcement and compliance, a 7% increase.

The Trump administration has already dusted off several long-dormant trade laws in pursuit of more aggressive actions against other countries. The expanded staff would be devoted to more frequent use of those powers, according to the Commerce budget.

It says it will :establish a team specifically dedicated to enforcement and administration of Section 232 cases,” a reference to a little-used provision of the 1962 trade act allowing import limits in the name of “national security.” The administration is currently studying invoking the law to protect the steel and aluminum industries. Click here to read more.

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