#SOSJobs LIVEBLOG: Congressman Bachus Protests Job Losses Resulting from Unfair Foreign Trading

Posted by mmcmullan on 06/16/2014

With a large crowd of Steelworkers holding signs high in sweltering heat reading “Save Our Steel Jobs” and “#SOS Jobs,” U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6th) took the stage in Fairfield, Alabama today to protest the illegal trade in steel being practiced by America’s foreign competitors ... especially South Korea.

Congressman Bachus recounted the many iron, steel, and coal jobs that have already disappeared and used the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry to describe the dumping of steel products. “they’re cheatin’.”

If the field were tilted in an Iron Bowl game, he said, “they’d walk off the field.

"Can you imagine one team being able to jump offsides? Chop block? Some people call it currency manipulation, dumping. I call it cheating.” Bachus made it clear: We can trade with foreign competitors but only as long as they play by the rules.

“If you play fair, we’ll eat your lunch," he said. "And it’s about time we took our ball and went home.

It’s time to say ‘enough is enough.  You’ve treated long enough. It’s not about a trade war, it’s about our surviving as a nation.

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