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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Urges Focus in Tariff Plan to be on on Bad Actors

March 5, 2018
Press Release
Ryan Calls for Exemptions for Key Allies Like Canada

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today urged President Trump to implement steel and aluminum tariff on bad actors, not key allies – calls for exemptions for key allies like Canada.   

“Implemented in a practical and measured approach, these tariffs will help protect our steel and aluminum industries from further decline. There is no doubt that China, Russia, and other countries have oversaturated the global market, intentionally undermining our national manufacturing industry and defense industrial base. These tariffs brought against the worst actors will have a profound strengthening effect on America’s steel and aluminum industries, put people back to work, rebuild America’s infrastructure, and ensure a strong national security apparatus,” wrote Congressman Ryan.

You can read the full text of the letter here or find it below:

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write today in strong support of the American steel and aluminum industries, and I welcome your recent announcement of tariffs under Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Steel and Aluminum. Many of the hardworking men and women I represent in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District have been negatively impacted by unfair trade practices. The illegal dumping of foreign steel and aluminum into American markets has hurt the economy of my state and deserves action that will level the playing field.

I was pleased to see your Administration give this issue the attention it deserves, as well as the announcement to impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and a 25 percent tariff on steel. Implemented in a practical and measured approach, these tariffs will help protect our steel and aluminum industries from further decline.

There is no doubt that China, Russia, and other countries have oversaturated the global market, intentionally undermining our national manufacturing industry and defense industrial base. These tariffs brought against the worst actors will have a profound strengthening effect on America’s steel and aluminum industries, put people back to work, rebuild America’s infrastructure, and ensure a strong national security apparatus.

However, I was disappointed and concerned that your remarks did not include exemptions for countries and allies--like Canada--that are dedicated to the same labor and environmental standards as the United States. The implementation of these tariffs will only succeed and provide stability to the market if the trading partners that work with the United States are exempted. An unnecessary trade war that damages our relationships with our global trading partners will not create a stronger manufacturing base, but chaos in the industry.

I know firsthand what happens when a local plant is forced to close and workers lose a reliable source of income. It has a deep ripple effect that impacts every member of the community. I urge your Administration to implement these tariffs in a measured manner, and properly exempt countries that adhere to the highest labor and environmental standards.

I appreciate your attention to this critical issue, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to protect steelworkers and the aluminum industry in Ohio and across the country. 

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress