WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Administration’s expected trade action against China. Reports indicate that his Administration is planning to take action against China’s violations of intellectual property laws by launching an investigation led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Brown is supporting these efforts, and called on the Administration to take action on Chinese steel overcapacity.

“When China cheats our trade laws, Ohio workers pay the price,” said Brown. “Ambassador Lighthizer is taking quick action against China by launching this investigation, and I’m hopeful this is a sign the Administration will continue to take action against other Chinese violations – including China’s steel overcapacity which is putting Ohio steelworkers out of work. I look forward to working with President Trump and his Administration to reset our trade relationship with China so it works better for American workers and manufacturers.”

Brown reached out to President Trump in November in a letter that outlined several specific actions on trade including renegotiating NAFTA, withdrawing from TPP, resetting U.S.-China trade relations, strengthening enforcement, and cracking down on currency manipulation. President Trump responded with a handwritten note.

In May, Brown proposed a plan President Trump should follow as he pursues a 100 Day Plan on trade with China. Brown outlined steps that must be a part of the Administration’s efforts to work with China on trade to produce real results for U.S. companies and workers, particularly those who’ve been harmed by China’s steel overcapacity.