Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) today issued the following statements applauding the World Trade Organization's finding in favor of the United States in a dispute with China regarding its imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel (GOES) from the United States:
LEVIN: "I commend the Administration for successfully challenging China's retaliatory actions -- and for standing up to China's blatant disregard for the rules of fair trade and its WTO commitments. China must act as a responsible stakeholder in the global trading system and this decision illustrates the importance of aggressively acting to rein in China's abusive trade practices."
MCDERMOTT: "In the current political environment where Republicans have consistently refused to help create jobs, the President is focused on increasing our exports and a strong trade policy to grow American businesses and create jobs. This WTO decision is very important -- it sends the message that the United States won't let China impose unfair and illegal penalties against U.S. goods and that the Obama Administration is going to defend a fair playing field for American businesses."