Brown and Portman laud decision to challenge China on steel practice

Dayton Business Journal

Congressional leaders from Ohio are backing a new challenge to China over the production of electrical steel.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and U.S. Sen.Rob Portman (R) lauded a Monday decision by the office of the United States Trade Representative to challenge China’s refusal to comply with World Trade Organization regulations on grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel. Brown and Portman say that will protect workers at companies such as West Chester-basedAK Steel.

The USTR is America’s chief trade negotiator and principal advisor to the president.

“The administration needs to do everything in its power to protect the American steel industry and the domestic workers and businesses it supports,” Brown said. “That means not allowing countries like China to circumvent international law and putting our country’s steel industry on an unfair playing field.”

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