WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to the International Trade Commission (ITC) urging them to support the extension of the current washing machine safeguard.

Portman and Brown have fought against unfair trade practices that have harmed Whirlpool. In 2012, Portman and Brown sent a letter urging the Commerce Department to defend Whirlpool, which returned all production to the United States in 2008. Portman and Brown also provided testimony to the ITC on three separate occasions on behalf of Whirlpool. In response to evidence of foreign companies dumping their washers in the U.S. market, the ITC heeded the senators’ concerns and penalized those foreign companies with anti-dumping tariffs. Most recently, the senators testified before the ITC in June of 2019 in support of continuing the Section 201 safeguard to level the playing field for Ohio’s Whirlpool workers.

Portman and Brown worked together on the Enforce and Protect Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is paying dividends for Ohio’s workers, restoring strength to antidumping and countervailing duty statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the ITC when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies.

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