WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded a ruling the International Trade Commission (ITC) that recognizes that workers at Denman Tire Company in Leavittsburg and Cooper Tire in Findlay have been adversely affected by a surge of Chinese-made tire imports.
Last month, Brown petitioned the ITC for relief from excessive imports of passenger car and light truck tires from China that have had an adverse impact on Ohio companies and workers. On June 29, the ITC will vote on a remedy. Following that step, the ITC will present its report and make a recommendation to President Obama on a remedy to these unfair tire imports. The President’s decision for a remedy is due in mid-September. In response to today’s ruling, Brown issued the following statement:
“Today, the ITC recognized that an import surge of Chinese-made tires is destroying American jobs and threatening to eliminate an entire manufacturing sector.
“This affirmative vote at the ITC is a critical first step toward a stronger trade enforcement policy that preserves U.S. jobs and manufacturing. For too long, enforcement of trade laws has been ignored. Today, the ITC has given hardworking Americans a chance to compete on a level playing field.
“The ITC will now recommend a remedy to President Obama. It’s my hope that the ITC will adopt a meaningful remedy. President Obama has vowed to step up enforcement of our trade laws. I am confident he will stand up for American workers in this case. If we’re going to revitalize our manufacturing base, we must enforce existing trade laws.
“Enforcement of trade remedy laws that are consistent with WTO rules isn’t protectionism – it’s common sense.”