Rep. Levin: Overcapacity in the Global Steel industry Hurting U.S. Jobs

Apr 20, 2016

The Department of Commerce and the office of the United States Trade Representative held a joint hearing investigating the global overcapacity in the steel industry and the harm that it is causing to the U.S. steel industry and to U.S. jobs. In his testimony, Rep. Levin stated: “Most of the overcapacity today originates in just one country -- China. In the year 2000, China’s steel capacity was just over 100 million tons, roughly the same as the United States. Today, it is 1.2 billion tons – more than 10 times as high as U.S. capacity – and more than the total capacity of the United States, the European Union, Japan, and Russia combined.  

"The problem in China largely results from excessive Chinese government intervention in its economy. Chinese steel companies do not operate according to market conditions, instead operating based on decisions made by local Chinese officials with mandates to satisfy economic growth targets. How is a United States steel manufacturer supposed to compete with a government-backed Chinese competitor that can simply choose not pay its workers’ wages if the steel it produces does not sell? We need to seriously consider all options for action, including the full enforcement of our antidumping and countervailing duty laws, as well as a global section 201 safeguard action and actions at the WTO.” You may read the full testimony here.

Rep. Levin supports educational materials for students with disabilities

New technologies are helping students in classrooms around the country learn every day. What’s more, technological advances – like those that help students with visual disabilities access reading materials – are helping students with disabilities learn better.

That’s why Rep. Levin recently asked a key House committee to support $30 million for the federal Education Technology, Media, and Materials program in next year’s budget. This program is the only federal initiative specifically supports research and development of technology for students with disabilities.

Rep. Levin leads efforts in support of robust funding for Ukraine

This week, advocates from Ukrainian-Americans communities were on Capitol Hill to discuss support for Ukraine with lawmakers. Rep. Levin spearheaded a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging them to consider robust funding for Ukraine. Two years after the Euromaidan protests, our support to help Ukraine transition into a democratic and prosperous nation remains crucial. You can read the letter here.

9th District Art Students Recognized

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Rep. Levin was pleased to host the competition again this year and was extremely impressed by the artwork submitted by the talented young people within the 9th District.

A reception was held on April 10th at the Dovetail Café in Warren for students, their families and teachers. First place was awarded to Hannah Sanders, a 10th Grader at Warren Woods Tower High School. Hannah’s color pencil drawing entitled “Earthly Essence” will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Hannah and all who participated this year.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week: This week, the House is debating four bad bills, designed to politically punish the IRS. These bills, H.R. 4885, H.R. 1206, H.R. 4890, and H.R. 3724, impose redundant mandates and cut the IRS’ budget. We need to stop making this IRS a political punching bag and ensure it has the tools and staff to best serve the American people.