“While the steel
producers involved in this case are not directly located in the First
Congressional District of Indiana, as the Vice Chairman of the Congressional
Steel Caucus, I would like to convey to you my concerns regarding the
current circumstances of steelworkers and steel producers from throughout
the country. This past March, Chairman Murphy and I held a Steel Caucus
hearing on the state of the steel industry. . . .
“One of the
individuals to provide testimony was United Steelworkers President Leo
Gerard, and he reminded us of the actions that we took around the year 2000.
At that time, we worked to pass legislation to establish the steel import
notification and monitoring program, and we worked to secure relief for
American steelworkers through a Section 201 Safeguard investigation.
President Gerard reminded us that as we were working to curb these actions
in 2000, foreign competitors continued to target American jobs and flood our
market with illegal steel. He said that bold and decisive action is needed
again today, and I agree with him. . . .
“On December 13,
2013, the Department of Commerce ruled in their preliminary determination of
this case that the margins for the anti-dumping duties range in Malaysia
from 22.7 percent to 167.11 percent, in Thailand from 7.16 percent to 10.92
percent, and in Vietnam from 17.72 percent to 53.91 percent. These numbers
should compel us to take action in this case and send the message to
Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and all the other steel producing countries
of the world, that America will not tolerate one ton of illegal steel.
“Members of the
Commission, American steel jobs are under attack from foreign competitors,
and not just from illegal subsidies and dumping activities. This past week
you may have seen the headlines indicating that the Chinese military was
hacking into the computers of steel company employees and members of the
United Steelworkers. I know that the response to that type of action is not
under your jurisdiction, but I am deeply alarmed by these allegations.
Foreign competitors are stopping at nothing to steal our information, flood
our markets, and take our jobs. We have a duty to protect American workers,
and this case before today is an essential component of that protection.
“For these reasons,
I respectfully request an affirmative final vote after your thorough
consideration of this case.”