Legislative Procedure for Possible Disapproval of President's Imposition of Safeguard Measures on Imports of Steel


Publication Date: April 2002

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Manufacturing and industry



President Bush's March 5, 2002, decision to remedy the injurious effect of imports of various steel products on a U.S. industry under the safeguards procedure (Sections 201 through 204) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, is subject to possible disapproval by congressional joint resolution. This is because the President did not implement the specific remedial action recommended by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) after its investigation of the case and finding of injury. The enactment of a disapproval resolution, including a possible override of its veto by the President, results in the implementation of the USITC's recommended remedial measure. Such resolutions are enacted under a specific procedure, which is deemed to be part of the rules of either house and supersedes other rules inconsistent with it The report will be updated when circumstances require.