Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 72 to 27, the U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Wilbur L. Ross as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Following the announcement, Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) President Philip K. Bell stated:
“The SMA is pleased that Wilbur Ross has been confirmed with strong bipartisan support. Mr. Ross has an extensive knowledge of steel issues, having been directly involved in numerous transactions that helped consolidate and improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the domestic steel industry. He is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Commerce, which has a critical role to play in enforcing our nation’s trade laws, including full implementation of legislation passed during the 114th Congress. Proper implementation of these measures should significantly impact pending trade cases and efforts to address the continuing flow of unfairly traded steel imports. Additionally, Mr. Ross is uniquely qualified to work with Congress and other stakeholders to advance a long-term, well-funded infrastructure investment program. This investment would stimulate steel demand and help to jump start our economy.”
SMA is North America’s largest steel trade association, and the primary association for electric arc furnace steel producers. SMA’s member companies account for over seventy-five percent of domestic steelmaking capacity.