Congressman Tim Ryan Fights to Protect U.S. Steel Industry from Unfair Trade Practices

Mar 29, 2016 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan yesterday fought to protect the United States steel industry from unfair trade practices. Countries like China are continuing to illegally attack our nation’s manufacturing workers by dumping steel into our markets and diluting the price of the product. Manufacturing employs 662,000 Ohioans and contributes $99.8 billion or nearly 18% of our state’s GDP.

“The U.S. Steel industry is the heart and soul of our country’s manufacturing base. Growing up in Niles, Ohio I have seen firsthand both the positive impact a robust steel industry can have on a community, and the devastation caused by steel plant closures all over the country,” said Congressman Ryan. “There is no doubt we need to implement strong trade enforcement practices to level the playing field for our steel workers and manufacturing workforce. I hope my testimony gives the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative a better understanding of how important the steel industry is to Ohio and the United States.”  

Some steel pipe and tube companies in Ohio’s 13th District, including JMC Energex (Cambridge, Niles, Warren),  TMK IPSCO (Brookfield),  Vallourec USA (Youngstown), have been impacted by these practices. Congressman Ryan has a long history of working to protect our steel industry and manufacturing base, including support of a recently announced positive trade ruling for Vallourec USA and TMK IPSCO that maintains the existing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from China. 

View the full written testimony here