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Sherrod Brown Stands Up For Workers, Fights For Ohio’s Steel Industry

COLUMBUS, OH  – This week, Sherrod introduced new legislation that will protect workers and the American steel industry to ensure Ohio jobs remain in Ohio. Sherrod will always fight for the Dignity of Work to prevent American jobs from going overseas.

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WBNS: Sherrod Protects Workers and Stands Up for the Steel Industry

WBNS: “[Senator Brown] introduced new legislation today to stop the increase in steel imports from Mexico. Senator Brown says Mexico is breaking import rules and that is hurting workers in Ohio.” Sherrod Brown introduces bill to crack down on Mexican steel imports
Sabrina Eaton – March 12, 2024

  • Upset with a surge in steel imports from Mexico that he says is violating a 2019 trade agreement and threatening steelworkers jobs in Ohio and across the country, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Tuesday announced he’s introducing bipartisan legislation called the “Stop Mexico’s Steel Surge Act” to force a crackdown.
  • The Cleveland Democrat joined with Senators including Republicans JD Vance of Cincinnati and Tom Cotton of Arkansas to introduce legislation that would reinstate 232 tariffs on Mexican steel imports at 25%, for no less than a year, and give the president authority to impose additional quotas and tariffs on specific products if needed.
  • “We need to be able to use all our tools to level the playing field,” said Brown, adding that one of the products at issue, steel conduit, currently has import levels 760% above the historic norm. “We can’t let that continue.”
  • “Enough is enough,” [Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. CEO Chairman Lourenco] Goncalves said, applauding the Congress members who introduced the legislation.

WKBN: Sherrod Brown pushes legislation to protect Ohio steel industry
Madison Meeker – March 12, 2024

  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced bipartisan legislation to stop the increase of Mexican steel imports on Tuesday.
  • Brown says the Mexican government has been violating a 2019 agreement with the U.S. and threatening steelworkers in Ohio and around the country.
  • “When Mexico breaks the rules they agreed to, the administration needs to hold them accountable. This bill would take the action Ohio workers desperately need to level the playing field with Mexico,” said Brown.
  • “Ohio steelworkers can’t wait any longer for Mexico’s cheating to stop. Workers are losing their jobs and Ohio companies are losing business now,” said Brown.
  • Brown hopes this legislation will compel the administration to take action and enforce the agreement with Mexico, preserving the steel industry in Ohio and the rest of the nation.

Crain’s Cleveland Business: Sherrod Brown teams with Republicans on legislation to curb Mexican steel imports
Scott Suttell – March 12, 2024

  • U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, have teamed up to introduce legislation aimed at stopping what Brown characterized as a “dramatic increase in Mexican steel imports.”
  • The Stop Mexico’s Steel Surge Act, introduced Tuesday, March 12, has significant bipartisan support.
  • Brown in a statement said the Mexican government “is violating a 2019 agreement with the U.S. and threatening steelworkers in Ohio and around the country.” A delay by the Biden administration in taking aggressive enforcement action “is costing American steel jobs,” and the bill is aimed at forcing the administration to act, he said.

The Intelligencer: Bill Introduced in Senate Seeks To Limit Lower-Cost Steel Imports From Mexico
Christopher Dacanay – March 13, 2024

  • “Our bill would slow Mexican steel imports and give Ohio workers the opportunity to make the steel production our economy needs without unfair competition,” Brown said, adding later: “There’s going to be a lot of markets in the future. Ohio steel needs to play a major role in filling those markets. We can compete with anyone … Ohio workers just need a fair playing field.”