Congressman Joe Donnelly and colleagues sent a letter to Chairman Okun of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to express support for the U.S. steel pipe and tube industry. The ITC is currently reviewing anti-dumping (AD) orders and countervailing duty (CVD) orders against certain unfairly traded circular welded steel pipes and tubes from Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. The letter asks the ITC to continue the existing orders against the unfairly traded imports.
"I am standing up for the American steel industry and its workers by supporting the continuation of these anti-dumping orders and countervailing duty orders on circular welded steel pipes and tubes," said Donnelly. "We have to make sure that American manufacturers are not put at an unfair disadvantage compared to other countries. The steel manufacturing sector is a driving force of the nation's and Indiana's economy, so I will continue to advocate for actions that contribute to its success and growth."
The U.S. steel pipe and tube industry makes several products for the construction, infrastructure, and energy industry. Circular welded pipe is used in a variety of applications including the transmission of air, water, and gas; fencing; and in structural applications. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, the steel industry generates over 70,000 jobs in Indiana.
Congressman Donnelly has a proven track record of defending American companies from unfair trade practices by other countries. He is a co-sponsor of The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, H.R. 639, which has 232 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, but has not yet come up for a vote in the House. Donnelly has urged House Republican leadership to allow a vote on this bill. The Senate version of this bill, The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011, S. 1619, passed in October of last year, by a bipartisan vote of 63 to 35.