Congressional Steel Caucus Meets with Administration Officials to Discuss Global Steel Issues
Washington, DC – Today, Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Vice-Chairman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN) convened a meeting with other Steel Caucus members and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss global steel issues.
The roundtable meeting included discussions regarding Administration actions to address global steel overcapacity, including the enforcement of U.S. trade laws and the implementation of P.L. 114-27, the Trade Preferences Extension Act, and P.L. 114-125, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.
Chairman Murphy stated, “I appreciate Ambassador Froman and Secretary Pritzker for their time and am grateful for their shared commitment to protecting our national economy. While the conversation today was productive, the bottom line remains: we can get a better deal than the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The United States is currently facing the greatest steel import crisis in modern history, with more than 13,500 direct layoffs in the steel industry – including in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. This is unacceptable. American industry and workers deserve a trade deal with accountability, enforcement, and oversight. As it stands right now, TPP falls short on all three accounts. I will continue to work to ensure our industries are protected from foreign competitors, like China, who evade U.S. trade laws.”
“I thank Secretary Pritzker and Ambassador Froman for taking the time to discuss steel issues that are of paramount importance to the sustainability and growth of American steel producers and that impact our national economy and our national security,” said Vice-Chairman Visclosky. “I appreciate their commitment to enforcing our trade laws and their initiative to recently establish a Global Forum with foreign countries to discuss steel issues. Discussions are good, but actions are better, and I will continue to work every day with Chairman Murphy and other members of the Steel Caucus to ensure that American steelworkers can continue to make the best steel in the world.”