SMA, Other Steel Organizations Rally on Capitol Hill for Bill to Stop Unfair Trade

The Steel Manufacturers Association and other organizations representing the American steel industry yesterday took their case to Capitol Hill urging action on legislation strengthening U.S. trade remedy laws to crack down on unfair trade practices and enhance the enforcement tools needed to combat repeat offenders of the U.S. trade remedy laws. Nearly 30 attendees representing steel producers, pipe and tube manufacturers and union workers across the United States highlighted that dumped and subsidized steel from China and elsewhere has harmed the American steel industry and applauded the introduction of the Leveling the Playing Field 2.0 Act (LTPF), introduced in the House by Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and in the Senate by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Todd Young (R-IN). The bipartisan bills currently have a combined 80 cosponsors.

Representatives from SMA members Metallus, Inc., Nucor, SSAB Americas and Vallourec took part in the events alongside other companies and organizations, including the American Iron and Steel Institute and the United Steelworkers. The Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports spearheaded the events.

The group hosted a breakfast where participants heard from Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Congressional Steel Caucus chairman; Frank Mrvan (D-IN), Congressional Steel Caucus vice chairman; Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-PA); Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL); and other members of the Steel Caucus and co-sponsors of the LTPF 2.0 legislation. The chief House sponsors of the bill, Sewell and Van Duyne, in addition to Mrvan, also held a press conference and rally with steel fair trade supporters after the breakfast. Later in the day, steel leaders met with nearly a dozen members of Congress, including leadership, to urge action on the bill and possible inclusion in trade legislative packages this year.

SMA President Philip K. Bell said, “We thank the cosponsors of the Leveling the Playing Field 2.0 Act and members of the Congressional Steel Caucus for joining steel companies, associations and others for a day of activities on Capitol Hill devoted to passing this legislation, which would update trade remedy law to combat unfair trade practices in China and elsewhere that harm American workers.”

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