WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded a ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that steel tube imports from China have injured the U.S. industry. The ruling will allow for a border measure on imports, which will help domestic producers and workers at U.S. Steel in Lorain, V & M STAR in Youngstown, and Wheatland Tube Co. in Warren.
In response to today's ruling, Brown issued the following statement:
“American manufacturers are facing a double blow from the recession and unfair trade practices. Our trade laws are the last line of defense for workers, businesses, and communities.
“Ohio is home to U.S. Steel in Lorain, V&M Star in Youngstown, and Wheatland Tube in Warren. All of these companies manufacture oil country tubular goods. These tubular products are essential to equip our energy market. The workers who manufacture them are among the best in the world, but have faced an inexcusable flood of dumped and subsidized products made in China.
“Today's decision to enforce rules that ensure a fair playing field is vital to our nation’s global competitiveness. This ruling will save and create jobs in Lorain, Youngstown, Warren and dozens of communities around the country.”
Brown testified before the ITC on Dec. 1 on this matter. A copy of his testimony can be found HERE. He is author of the Trade Enforcement Priorities Act of 2009, which would require the U.S. Trade Representative to take action against trade practices like subsidies and currency manipulation that unfairly put American workers and businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
Enforcement of trade laws has already benefited Ohio workers. In Sep., following a June ruling by the ITC on behalf of tire workers, Pres. Obama announced that he would enforce "Section 421" trade safeguards that protect American manufacturers from excessive imports. After the ruling, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced plans to add capacity to its Findlay, Ohio tire plant and hire up to 100 workers.