Levin Statement on Trump Administration’s Foreign Steel Investigation

Apr 20, 2017 Issues: Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order investigating whether foreign steel imports compromise national security:

“In 2000, China's steel capacity was roughly the same as the U.S. Now it is 10 times as high, and more than the capacity of the United States, the European Union, Japan and Russia combined. The announcement today does not begin to meet that challenge or the President’s own rhetoric.

“The steel overcapacity issue deserves a fully comprehensive approach that includes several strategies including: U.S. action, action by other trading partners who will become the target of China's steel exports if our market is closed off, and direct pressure on China. We must also include aluminum in any actions taken.”