AAM’s Scott Paul Talks #SOSJobs with Sen. Sherrod Brown on The Ed Schultz Show
The fight to Save Our Steel Jobs continued to gain momentum on Friday, as Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul joined Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on The Ed Schultz Show podcast to talk about what lies ahead. You can listen to the podcast below:
It was a busy week for #SOSJobs. On Monday, AAM joined nearly 2,000 people at a rally in Virginia, Minnesota to urge the U.S. Commerce Department to take action against the dumping of Oil Country Tubular Good (OCTG) products from South Korea and eight other nations into the U.S. market. Then on Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on trade enforcement that heavily focused on the current OCTG case.
Meanwhile, Members of Congress from both parties have joined the fight. More than 150 House members wrote to the Commerce Department, and 57 Senators did the same. As Paul told Schultz:
We now have 57 Senators in a very gridlocked environment, and I wish we had more, who have stepped up and who have said, ‘You’ve got to do something about it,' including [former President George W.] Bush’s [U.S. Trade Representative], Rob Portman. You have a good balance of Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, saying the same thing. So it’s not just the steelworkers, it’s a lot of industry as well pressing the administration on this.
The Finance Committee hearing in particular sent a signal to the Obama administration that trade enforcement needs to be priority if the administration wants to make further progress on its trade agenda, Paul noted.
This individual case isn't just about OCTG products — it has the potential to impact the entire manufacturing industry. As Brown explained:
If we lose on this, it’s just a template, it’s a blueprint, it’s a model, for countries to do exactly what Korea did. In a nutshell, here’s what Korea did: They don’t drill for gas and oil in Korea. So every pipe they make, every oil country tubular steel pipe they make, is exported, mostly to the United States. … If they get away with this, other countries are going to say, ‘Well, we ought to start this industry, even though we don’t need it in our own country, export it to the United States, put our people to work in these good-paying jobs, subsidize it and then undercut U.S. manufacturers.
A long term solution is needed, Brown noted. Even if the Commerce Department determines in this one case that South Korea is dumping steel, it is still a loss for the steel industry and steelworkers because of the time and money it took to fight. “Even if we win … it still has done damage to our workers,” Brown added.
The Commerce Department is expected to issue a decision by July 10.
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