Free-trade advocates and auto suppliers are working feverishly to reduce – or even fully abolish – the tariffs on steel imports instituted by President Bush in early 2002. Tariff opponents say the duties, intended to shelter the U.S. steel industry during reorganization after a glut of low-priced imports, are causing layoffs and plant closings due to increased steel prices. Despite already winning numerous tariff exemptions since the levies were rolled out, the opponents stepped up ...

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