June 24,2016

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Wyden Applauds Win for Trade Enforcement in ITC Steel Decisions

New Enforcement Tools Help Stop Unfair Trade by China, Others

WASHINGTON Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today praised the International Trade Commission decision today to impose new duties on steel imports from China and other nations that are harming U.S. jobs and steel companies with unfair trade practices. Wyden had urged ITC to vigorously enforce U.S. trade laws, in testimony last month.

“America’s steel mills and steelworkers chalked up a second major trade enforcement win with today’s decision from the International Trade Commission to award them relief from unfair trade," Wyden said.  "The improvements I fought for in America’s trade remedy laws are delivering results for American workers. As I said in my testimony to the Commission last month, those changes help ensure that U.S. industry can get relief before it is too late. Trade done right requires strong trade enforcement, and I am proud that the Commission is using the tools Congress gave them to stand up for American workers through tough trade enforcement.”

Background:  This week the International Trade Commission held the first two votes on a series of cases brought by U.S. steel companies and steelworkers challenging unfairly traded steel imports from China and elsewhere.  The Commission found in both instances that the industry is entitled to relief under U.S. trade laws, which were updated in 2015 as part of a package of trade enforcement reforms championed by Senator Wyden.  Additional votes on the remaining cases involving unfairly traded steel are expected in the months ahead.  The Commission’s vote announcements can be found at here  and here.