WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged President Donald Trump to take swift action in the Administration’s steel investigation, after the Commerce Department completed its report. Brown, who applauded the Administration’s decision to launch the investigation into the impact of certain steel imports on national security, has called on the Administration to make a determination in the case for several months.
“The completion of this investigation is long overdue. Now, the President must take strong actions that provide long-lasting relief aimed at China’s steel overcapacity,” said Brown. “We know the delay and uncertainty around this case have hurt American companies, and a swift decision is critical to U.S. jobs and our domestic steel industry.”
Brown has called on Administrations of both parties to help reduce China’s steel overcapacity, which leaves U.S. steelworkers and companies at a competitive disadvantage. Immediately after President Trump’s election, Brown reached out to his transition team to offer his help on retooling U.S. trade policy. Brown wrote to Trump in November 2016 offering specific steps to work together on trade and Trump responded with a handwritten note.
Brown has worked to boost the U.S. steel industry. Brown’s legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and signed into law in June 2015, has restored strength to antidumping and countervailing duty statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) when foreign producers, including China, sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies. The law led to key wins for Ohio steel companies in major trade cases last year on cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and corrosion-resistant steel, including U.S. Steel, Nucor, ArcelorMittal, and AK Steel, which together employ more than 8,200 Ohio workers.