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October 24, 2006

CONGRESSMAN TED STRICKLAND OFFERS TESTIMONY SUPPORTING CONTINUED STEEL TARIFFS

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ted Strickland today submitted testimony for the record to the U.S. International Trade Commission during a five-year review of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on some types of corrosion-resistant steel.

“The old adage, ‘Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,’ is certainly applicable here,” Strickland said.  “We know what will happen if restrictions are lifted from these steel products.  We know because steel dumping has already occurred in the United States and, without this system  of checks on imports, we can reasonably predict this will happen again.”

The United States Department of Commerce has already determined imports  of corrosion-resistant steel from the particular countries would surge should  the duties be removed; the ITC hearing was to determine whether the domestic steel industry would incur material injury if the duties are discontinued.

“The issue before this Commission is simple,” according to Strickland’s testimony, “enforce our trade laws.  It is only through vigorous enforcement of these laws that the domestic steel industry and its workers will be able to compete in a global marketplace.

“The industry remains vulnerable in the face of actual and projected increases in imports, and I know I speak for thousands of steelworkers when I remind  you of the painful lessons we learned when less than vigorous enforcement of our trade laws opened the floodgates to illegally-priced steel imports,” Strickland said.

“The ITC has the ability to enforce our trade laws,” Strickland said.  “When steel import numbers continue to climb, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye   to those who would thwart those laws.

“The American worker should have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.  Our steel industry and steelworkers are the best in the world,” Strickland said, “but we cannot allow lax enforcement to hobble our steel manufacturers.”

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