U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Defense that restores a rule that stood for 35 years requiring certain types of steel purchased by the U.S. military to be 100 percent American-made.
The rule required certain types of armor plate products to be both melted and finished in the United States.
"The department’s decision represents a major victory for American steel workers and steel producers," Visclosky said. "We have a responsibility to keep our fighting men and women safe on the field of battle and ensure that American-made steel is used to protect our troops."
The decision revises the 2009 definition of "produced" steel to include the quenching and tempering of steel armor plate. Department of Defense regulations specify that materials procured for defense, such as those used in the construction of tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment, must be produced in the United States.
As vice chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, Visclosky has been significantly involved with Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., in urging the Department of Defense to use American-made steel. The two lawmakers joined members from both parties over multiple years to urge the department to use American-made steel in its procurement.