WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the fifth episode of his podcast, “Canarycast.” The latest episode is titled, “Ohio’s Backbone is Steel Strong” and features a discussion with Ohio steelworkers Tanika Lewis of Portsmouth, James Evanoff of Brunswick, and Ben Doyle of Coshocton.
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Brown talks with Ohio steelworkers about the value of their work in the steel plants and its importance to their Ohio communities. The workers also discuss the importance of Buy America provisions and enforcing trade rules to crack down on China’s cheating and level the playing field for American workers.
“I talked to these Ohio steelworkers about what they see in their communities – what toll unfair foreign competition has taken on their companies and their towns, and what they want to see in an American trade policy - and an American economic policy - that actually stands up for workers,” Brown says on the podcast.
Brown has called on the Administration to take action to crack down on China’s cheating on steel since President Trump was elected. Brown supports the President’s tariffs as one important tool to hold China accountable. And he is continuing to offer the Administration long-term solutions to address the root causes of the trade imbalance and put a stop to China’s cheating. Brown wrote to the President in May urging him to stand firm against China in ongoing negotiations and offering solutions.
Brown has also introduced legislation with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Brown led the fight last Congress to restore Buy America provisions to the water infrastructure bill that would have permanently changed the law to require the use of American-made iron and steel products in infrastructure projects.
Brown’s podcast is named Canarycast, a nod to the canary pin Brown wears on his lapel instead of the official Senate pin. An Ohio steelworker gave Brown the pin. He wears it as a reminder of the progress the country has made since the days when the only thing coal miners had to protect them was a canary – and all the work still left to do to ensure American workers are valued.