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 RossTrump's tariffs are a case of crony capitalism Scrutiny ramps up over Commerce secretary's stock moves Trump threatens tariff on all European cars MORE, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe American economy is stronger than ever six months after tax cuts Dem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (R) said the administration’s delay has allowed foreign competitors to dump steel into the U.S. market.

"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.