Steel industry throws weight behind anti-dumping legislation pushed by Bost, Davis, Shimkus
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Chuck Raasch
A week after workers at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works got a reprieve when the company reversed shutdown plans, an anti-steel dumping measure by Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro and other St. Louis-area legislators is getting steel-industry support in Congress.
The Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act, whose co-sponsors include Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, could be folded into a customs bill when it comes to the House of Representatives, although the timing of that is uncertain, said Jim Forbes, a spokesman for Bost.
The bill, introduced May 21, would streamline processes leading to anti-dumping eligibility and remedies for steel manufacturers who are hurt by imported steel. A briefing memo prepared for Bost says that domestic steel manufacturers currently have to show "significant or permanent harm" before they can petition for relief and then often have to wait for U.S. government remedies on the dumping of lower-cost foreign steel.
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