WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded reports that President Trump is expected to launch an investigation into the impact of aluminum imports on national security, but cautioned that the investigation must lead to tough action to provide relief for the aluminum supply chain. Today’s announcement follows similar action last week on steel imports.
“It’s good news the Administration is using this tool, but what matters to Ohio workers and the aluminum supply chain is whether it leads to real relief and action against China’s market-distorting policies,” said Brown.
Immediately after President Trump’s election, Brown reached out to his transition team to offer his help on retooling U.S. trade policy. Brown wrote to Trump in November offering specific steps to work together on trade and Trump responded with a handwritten note.
Brown has been fighting to level the playing field for the domestic aluminum industry, which has purged 15,000 jobs in the last decade. In October 2016, Brown wrote to then-U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman along with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) requesting a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against China to address its aluminum overcapacity. Brown testified on behalf of Ohio’s aluminum workers and companies before the International Trade Commission in September 2016.
Brown and Portman have worked to give domestic industries the ability to fight unfair trade practices. In June 2015, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, introduced by Brown and cosponsored by Portman, was signed into law, ushering in the most significant changes to trade remedy law since 2002.