Proposed Bill Would Aid Veterans in Job Search


Proposed Bill Would Aid Veterans in Job Search

Dayton Daily News – Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman have introduced a bill that would fight a December court ruling that they say hinders the ability for the United States to fight back against cheap Chinese imports.

The bill is a response to a December federal appeals court decision that says the United States can not impose countervailing duties against certain Chinese imports because China is a “non-market economy.” Brown said the ruling means that as of mid-March more than 16 Ohio companies will be unable to use the trade remedy to compete with China. The companies include Kaiser Aluminum in Heath, Ohio; NewPage in Miamisburg and Resco Products, which has operations in Oak Hill, Massillon, East Canton and Wellston.

Brown, D-Ohio, along with Portman, R-Ohio, and 10 other U.S. senators introduced a bill late last week that would clarify that the U.S. Commerce Department can impose tariffs and other duties against Chinese imports that benefit from illegal export subsidies.

“Removing the ability of the Commerce Department to apply countervailing duties to illegally subsidized imports from China puts thousands of Ohio jobs at risk,” Brown said in a press release, adding that the bill, if enacted, would help businesses compete more fairly.

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