WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to the United Steelworkers’ (USW) case filed today under Section 421 of U.S. trade laws to address to surging imports of consumer tires from China.

“China’s share of consumer tire imports has nearly tripled over the past five years. Thousands of workers have lost jobs, and we should expect more job loss unless we use the trade enforcement tools we have in our toolkit. Congress negotiated a safeguard measure with China for just this very reason. I trust President Obama will look at this petition objectively and decide the appropriate remedy on the merits.

Using tools like the China ‘421’ safeguard measure is not protectionism. Enforcement of trade remedy laws consistent with WTO rules is not protectionism. One of the steps in rebuilding a trade strategy is to rebalance our trading relationship with China.”