Kaptur statement on public release of steel 232 report on illegal foreign dumping of steel

February 16, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce released its long awaited and long-delayed report on illegal dumping of steel on the U.S. market.

“Though, thoughtful and prudent action must be weighed carefully, the release of this report, is a good step,” said Kaptur. “While the delays have been frequent and frustrating, I commend the Administration on a thorough report and Secretary Ross’s attention to communities that have been devastated by a rigged global market.”

“Now that this report is public, Congress and the American people can be on the same page when it comes to what remedies the President is seeking to deter the illegal dumping of foreign steel. Steelmaking communities like those in Northern Ohio are hurting Mr. President, we must not delay action any further,” Kaptur concluded.

The report contains Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s recommendations for tariffs and quotas targeting nations long known for steel dumping such as, Russia, China, South Korea and Vietnam. Read the report here, which mentions Lorain specifically and includes Kaptur’s testimony from last May to the Department of Commerce. 

The report was the result of President Trump initiating an investigation through the Department of Commerce to look into actions the federal government could take to keep illegal foreign steel from disrupting U.S. steel markets and harming American workers.

In August of last year, Kaptur wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to inquire about delays into a Commerce Department investigation of steel imports and illegal dumping of steel. This letter came after Kaptur testified at a Commerce Department hearing (video) on May 24 and urged the Administration to expedite the investigation and any related action. Secretary Ross told Kaptur at the hearing that the report would be completed by June of 2017, a self-imposed deadline that was missed by more than six months. Kaptur was the only Member of Congress to testify.                

Last year, Kaptur, along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) invited Secretary Ross to visit Lorain