Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision

Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision
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Ohio’s two senators on Friday demanded that the Trump administration expedite action on its investigation into whether steel imports are a threat to national security.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOvernight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Wilbur Ross sued by former colleagues Bloomberg drops estimate of Commerce secretary's wealth to 0M MORE, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownScott Garrett poses real threat to EXIM Bank, small businesses Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills Senators Hatch, Brown have heated exchange on GOP tax plan MORE (D) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Bipartisan compromise is vital to the legislative process Senate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform MORE (R) said the administration’s delay has allowed foreign competitors to dump steel into the U.S. market.

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"Further postponement of the Section 232 investigation will invite a growing deluge of steel imports into the U.S. and cause even greater damage to the U.S. steel sector,” the senators wrote.

“We urge you to conclude the Section 232 steel investigation expeditiously to prevent the idling of additional U.S. steel facilities and the layoffs of more U.S. steelworkers,” they said.

In April, the Commerce Department launched a section 232 investigation under the Trade Expansion Act into the effect of certain steel imports on national security. 

A decision was expected by the end of June but the Trump administration has postponed a decision.

In the first six months of this year, steel imports increased 25 percent compared with the first six months in 2016, boosted by increases in rebar, cold-rolled steel, tubular goods and grain-oriented electrical steel 

"These import levels are unsustainable for U.S. companies and their workers," the senators wrote in the letter.

"Unfortunately, the steel sector expects them to continue to increase unless a conclusion of the Section 232 investigation is reached immediately," they wrote.