As a passionate Republican supporter, it’s not every day we find ourselves praising President Joe Biden. But today, we must give credit where it’s due. In a surprising turn of events, the Biden administration has sided with former President Donald Trump’s administration on a steel tariffs case, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed!
USP Holdings, a company that tried to argue that the Trump administration acted improperly when it enacted the tariffs, was denied their appeal by the Supreme Court. This has left Biden no choice but to maintain the tariffs that were put in place to protect our national security and bolster American manufacturing jobs.
Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, summed it up perfectly: “The Biden administration understands that simply lifting steel tariffs without any solution in place, particularly beyond the dialogue, could well mean layoffs and plant closures in Pennsylvania and in Ohio and other states where obviously the impact would be felt not only economically but politically.”
Trump’s tariffs were enacted under Section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962, which permits the president to impose restrictions on the importation of goods deemed essential to national security. These tariffs were vital in supporting the production of airplanes, ships, and military materials with U.S. steel. Though the tariffs created tension with some U.S. allies, many countries were exempted from the policy.
The Supreme Court’s decision to reject USP Holdings Inc.’s appeal came without any dissenting voices, showing a united front in support of the tariffs.
But the Supreme Court isn’t stopping there. They are also poised to deliver rulings this term that could upend climate change lawsuits. As Boyden Gray, a former counsel to the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, wrote for Fox News, federal courts are struggling to agree on whether climate change lawsuits are governed by state or federal law. This presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to make the final call.
Gray detailed how the Supreme Court has long held that lawsuits over air and water pollution that cross state lines must be decided under federal law. This prevents states and cities from imposing their environmental agendas on their neighbors or hijacking the domain of federal environmental law, federal regulations, and international treaties.
The Supreme Court now faces cases where progressive states and cities are launching lawsuits demanding billions of dollars for damages allegedly related to past, present, and future climate change. They’re attempting to use state law to circumvent the principle upheld by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Supreme Court has the chance to deliver a crushing blow this term to liberals and those trying to exploit laws to target big companies in the name of “climate change,” Gray warned.
In conclusion, while we may not be fans of President Biden, it’s refreshing to see a rare moment of unity between his administration and President Trump’s policies. Let’s hope the Supreme Court continues to uphold conservative values in its decisions.