In a letter sent Wednesday, the senators urged the Department of Commerce to consider the impact of cheaper imports on U.S. steel companies when it issues preliminary rulings later this month. Companies in Mexico and Turkey could be subject to duties on the steel reinforcing bar, which is known as steel rebar and is used to reinforce concrete, if found in violation.
The letter was signed by 31 senators — 16 Republicans and 15 Democrats — including both senators from Ohio.
The Department of Commerce said Wednesday it takes seriously its obligation to enforce trade laws and will make a final judgment based on the facts in each case.
The government probe has drawn the close attention of U.S. steel executives and labor unions as the American manufacturing industry steadily declines due in part to globalization and foreign competition, displacing jobs and shrinking the U.S. middle class. Last month, United Steelworkers union president Leo Gerard cautioned that the steel industry could be on the verge of elimination if trade laws are not fully enforced.
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