Visclosky Testifies at ITC Hearing on Steel Cut-To-Length Plate
Washington, DC - Below are Congressman Pete Visclosky’s prepared remarks from today’s International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate.
I want to thank Chairman Williamson and all other members of the Commission, and the dedicated staff, for the opportunity to testify today in the case involving carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from twelve countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey.
I am proud to represent the First Congressional District of Indiana, which is the largest steel producing Congressional District in the country. In my District, ArcelorMittal’s plate mill in Burns Harbor produces the product we are discussing today, which is used to protect our national defense and build our infrastructure. I cannot emphasize enough how critical cut-to-length plate is to the security of this nation. This product is used to make armor vests that protect our military personnel. It is used to build ships and aircraft carriers that secure our national defense. In fact, of the roughly 50,000 tons of steel plate required for the construction of an aircraft carrier, ArcelorMittal supplies the majority of the steel, of which half is manufactured and produced in Burns Harbor.
I encourage you to continue to be vigilant and ensure that every single country that attempts to violate our trade laws is held accountable for their actions. American steel companies and steelworkers are currently fighting for their survival against illegal imports. Many countries have spent the last several years building their production capacity through illegal subsidies and state-owned enterprises that have unlimited financial resources. For far too long, this steel has been finding its way to be illegally dumped in our market, to the detriment of our steel industry. I appreciate the diligent work the Commission has done to investigate illegal steel imports and to utilize new tools provided by Congress to determine material injury in these cases. We are making progress, but we have more work to do.
I urge you to recognize the material injury caused by imports of cut-to-length plate to domestic steel producers throughout the nation. Steel production is the foundation of the economy of Northwest Indiana. It is the foundation of our national defense. It is the foundation of our infrastructure. This case is not only a matter of cracking down on illegal trade practices and holding countries that cheat accountable, it is a matter of national security and should be treated with the utmost scrutiny. American steelworkers make the best steel in the world, and we should without doubt be using the plate that they produce to protect our citizens and our military service members.
I thank you all for the opportunity to testify here today and appreciate your thorough investigation of the facts of this case.