The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to hold a hearing on
Thursday on the state of the domestic steel industry.
But the government shutdown forced that hearing’s cancellation.
To the consternation of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st.
Visclosky issued this statement following the hearing’s cancellation: “The
cancellation of today’s hearing is just one example of how this government
shutdown adversely impacts our economy and costs American jobs. It is
unfortunate that the U.S. International Trade Commission has ceased their
investigative activities as a result of this shutdown. This has given
foreign nations and companies free reign to continue to violate our trade
laws and jeopardize the livelihood of American workers. We need to restore
our government operations and lead with courage. I urge the House of
Representatives leadership to reopen our government.”
Visclosky’s office cites several threats to the domestic steel industry:
“The loopholes in Buy America protections have prevented the use of American
steel on infrastructure projects,” while “illegally-subsidized imports from
foreign nations that devalue their currencies continue to flood the market.”
Visclosky serves as vice chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus, a
bipartisan group of 100 members of Congress who represent districts with
steel manufacturers or have a strong interest in the vitality of the
American steel industry.
To read the shutdown notice issued by the U.S. International Trade