U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Sen. Joe Donnelly testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday in support of anti-dumping tariffs on hot-rolled steel products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Ukraine.
Most of the local mills make hot-rolled steel. The federal legislators said tariffs must continue to be enforced to protect American steelworkers, since the steel industry is still recovering in a fragile economy. Visclosky said American steel jobs were at stake, since those foreign countries have massively increased their steelmaking capacity and do not have the demand to support it.
Donnelly said the tariffs help maintain a level playing field for the steel industry, which supports over 150,000 jobs in Indiana alone. Trade only works when everyone plays by the same rules, he said.