Congressman Tim Ryan Testifies on U.S. Steel Industry

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan testified today on behalf of the United States steel industry to protect this important industry from unfair trade practices. Manufacturing employs 662,000 Ohioans and contributes $99.8 billion or nearly 18% of our state’s GDP. Congressman Ryan testified at the International Trade Commission (ITC) before officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of International Trade and Investment, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Trade, Customs and Border Patrol.

“The global oversupply of steel and illegal dumping by countries like China have had a devastating effect on the steel industry here in Ohio, and in towns like ours across the country. Unfortunately we have seen firsthand  the massive negative impact caused when plants are closed and friends and family lose their source of income – and it has a rippling effect that touches every part of the community. I will continue using my position in Congress to fight to unstack the deck and give our workers an equal playing field, because with that, no one can out compete the United States of America.”

 

On March 29th, Congressman Ryan submitted written testimony for today’s ITC hearing. And this Thursday, Congressman Ryan will speak before the Congressional Steel Caucus’ annual State of Steel hearing.

Some steel pipe and tube companies in Ohio’s 13th District, including JMC Energex (Cambridge, Niles, Warren), TMK IPSCO (Brookfield), Vallourec USA (Youngstown), Bull Moose Tube (Masury) 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.