U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is pushing the Obama administration to fight back against China’s overproduction of steel. China is still not fully complying with international trade obligations related to steel manufacturing, despite an ongoing dialogue between steel-producing countries throughout the world, which harms American steel producers.
Boozman, along with a bipartisan group of 11 other senators, wrote a letter to the president asking him to pursue stronger measures to force China to address its overproduction of steel, including a potential case brought with our allies at the World Trade Organization and a pause of other trade negotiations with China, such as the Bilateral Investment Treaty talks.
“Steel production is an integral sector in our economy, so the fact that China continues to dump excess steel into world markets is very troubling and unfair to American steel manufacturers and workers,” Boozman said. “We are urging the administration to take more forceful steps against these practices so that our steel industry is able to compete on a level playing field.”
The letter, which was also signed by U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Al Franken (D-MN), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), follows the G-20 summit talks on steel in September.
You can see the full text of the letter here.