WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised President Obama's decision to travel to Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday, May 18 for a speech on jobs and the economy.
"Youngstown is the right place for President Obama to visit to talk about jobs and the economy," Brown said. "The Mahoning Valley has been home to some encouraging signs of economic recovery over the last few months. While there are still too many Ohioans looking for work, we've seen that when the federal government enforces trade law and invests in domestic manufacturing, we can create good-paying jobs and rebuild our communities."
Brown has been working to help create jobs in the Mahoning Valley by encouraging the federal government to enforce trade law and revitalize American manufacturing.
Last week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it would place duties on steel tube imports from China which have injured the U.S. industry. The ruling will place a duty of up to 99-percent on Chinese steel tube imports, which will help domestic producers and workers at V & M STAR in Youngstown, and Wheatland Tube Co. in Warren. Brown testified before the ITC on Dec. 1 on this matter. In Feb., following the initial ITC ruling on this case, Vallourec announced that it would expand the V&M STAR Steel Facility in the Mahoning Valley. The $650 million economic development project, expected to create 350 jobs in the region, was made possible by $20 million in federal Recovery Act Funds.
In Feb. 2010, General Motors announced that the Lordstown General Motors facility would expand production, adding a third shift of workers to produce the Chevy Cruze. The move is expected to create 1,200 new jobs. Brown is a longtime advocate for the auto industry and the Lordstown GM plant. He visited the Lordstown facility in Sep. 2009 with President Obama. That visit followed several meetings Brown had with then-GM CEO Fritz Henderson about the future of the facility and the manufacture of the Chevy Cruze. Brown also visited the facility in May 2009 after he successfully fought for assistance to the auto industry and in Aug. 2008 to celebrate a multi-million dollar investment in the facility that helped launch initial production of the Chevy Cruze.
Brown is considered to be one of Congress' leading voices on trade and was recently described as "Congress' leading proponent of American manufacturing." 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. He is the author of the Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act, legislation that would promote more domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology by expanding the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program. He is also the author of The Investment for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act, which would establish a $30 billion Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund to help former auto suppliers and small and mid-sized manufacturers retool for the clean energy economy.