Monthly Archives: April 2017

Trump moves on aluminum under Section 232; Steel investigation update

Just one week after launching a national security investigation of steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, President Trump has announced plans to institute a similar investigation regarding aluminum. In a memorandum of April 27, 2017, President Trump announced that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation under Section … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 28, 2017

Summary This week was a committee week and a mini-plenary in the European Parliament, during which some interesting votes took place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee (“CULT”) passed its report on the draft for a revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive proposed by the European Commission in May 2016.  While some have … Continue Reading

Suniva Requests Global Safeguards For U.S. Solar Industry Under Section 201

On April 26, 2017, the U.S.-based solar manufacturer Suniva, Inc. filed a petition for global safeguards with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”). In particular, Suniva requests the imposition of tariffs on solar cells and the establishment of a minimum price for solar modules imported into the United States. The petition was filed under Section … Continue Reading

Trump Tax Reform Proposal

On April 26, 2017, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn introduced the Trump Administration’s tax reform proposal (the “Trump Proposal”) in a briefing. The proposal appears to borrow heavily from the tax reform plan put out by Mr. Trump during his presidential campaign with the significant exception that this reform … Continue Reading

Congressional Review Act Developments

In response to the unprecedented use of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) by the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration, the Center for Biological Diversity (“Center”), a nonprofit dedicated to wildlife conservation, filed a lawsuit in an Alaska federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Act. The CRA is a statute that requires federal agencies … Continue Reading

China’s 2017 Party Leadership Transition

As the dramatic political shifts in Washington captivate the world, and the US reconsiders its traditional global leadership role, Chinese President Xi Jinping is positioning China to increase its own global role and influence. In a highly touted speech at the World Economic Forum in January, Mr. Xi mounted a rousing defense of economic globalization … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – April 24, 2017

After a two-week district work period, members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week with a major fiscal deadline looming on Friday.  The current continuing resolution is scheduled to expire at midnight on April 28, leaving the House and Senate very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert … Continue Reading

Trump Moves on Steel Under Section 232

On April 20, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum announcing that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation to determine the effects of imported steel on national security. The investigation was initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. I. Conduct of Section 232 Investigations Under Section 232, Secretary … Continue Reading

Trump, Xi Kick Off Economic Relationship

On Friday, April 14, the U.S. Department of Treasury published a widely anticipated semi-annual report detailing the foreign exchange practices of America’s major trading partners. Although he regularly called for China to be labeled as a “currency manipulator” as a candidate, President Donald J. Trump and his administration declined to use the occasion of this … Continue Reading

Air Pollution in India

India is home to 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world as documented by the World Health Organization (WHO). Half of Delhi’s 4.4 million children have permanent lung damage that they will never fully recover from.  The 2017 State of Global Air report, published by the Health Effects Institute, shows that air … Continue Reading

A U.K. criminal offence: “Failure to prevent human rights abuses”?

The Joint Committee on Human Rights – comprised of members of both Houses – has published a report calling on the U.K. government to take significant further steps to improve corporate human rights practices, including criminalising “failure to prevent human rights abuses”. The Committee acknowledges that the U.K. Government’s introduction of reporting requirements under the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 7, 2017

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  There will be a number of interesting discussions in committee and public hearings. On Tuesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on a its own-initiative draft report on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety.  … Continue Reading
LexBlog