Brown's Bill to Support American Steel Companies, Workers from Unfair Foreign Imports to Be Included in Trade Bill

Brown Introduced the Leveling the Playing Field Act in March; Bill Would Help Companies Like Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube Company, Picoma Industries, and Vallourec USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Senate Finance Committee marks up a major trade package, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the inclusion of his bipartisan Leveling the Playing Field Act in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reauthorization. The bill would strengthen enforcement of trade laws and increase the ability of U.S. industries, like steel, to fight back against unfair foreign trade practices.

“In order to protect American jobs, Congress must ensure American companies can compete in a fair marketplace,” said Brown. “This enforcement provision will restore strength to our nation’s trade laws and fight back against unfair trade practices.”

The Leveling the Playing Field Act, which Brown introduced in March, would restore strength to antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies.