WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today to move forward trade legislation that includes U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) bill to level the playing field for U.S. companies by giving them new tools to fight against unfair trade practices.
“This bill helps restore strength to important laws that help U.S. companies fight back against unfair trade practices like dumping,” said Brown. “This is key to making sure our workers – including Ohio’s steel workers – can compete in a fair marketplace.”
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. In May, the Senate passed the Leveling the Playing Field Act in its legislation to reauthorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The House also passed the bill in its customs bill.
This would benefit Ohio’s steel companies including: Picoma Industries in Cambridge, Sharon Tube in Niles, Wheatland Tube in Warren, and Vallourec Star in Youngstown.