#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.

Related recent Blogs

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • The U.S. might be a "rising star" in manufacturing, but there's still a lot of work left: http://t.co/b6c8JbKyEX 14 hours 46 min ago
  • If the United States wants to maintain its "rising star" manufacturing status, it must do a few key things: http://t.co/yVBTFyywYF 17 hours 54 min ago
  • That's right: the U.S. is a "rising star" in manufacturing. But there's more to do to increase our competitiveness: http://t.co/yVBTFyywYF 19 hours 9 min ago
  • .@BCGPerspectives says the United States is among the "rising stars" in global manufacturing. Here's our take: http://t.co/yVBTFyywYF 19 hours 53 min ago
  • Great @AP Q&A w/ @papergirlmacy on Factory Man: "When I write about economics, I write from the ground up." http://t.co/WSVs14gt2N 20 hours 39 min ago
  • RT @RachelBSAAM: If you're attending the #NCSLSummit stop by booth 940 for a one of a kind @KeepitMadeinUSA root beer opener. http://t.co/Q… 21 hours 6 min ago
  • "China is among several economies whose manufacturing price advantage over the U.S. is eroding..." http://t.co/BWfE2tsk7l 21 hours 13 min ago
  • But we also hear Titan Gilroy will be grand marshal at the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship next weekend! http://t.co/EXu7cRLieL 21 hours 19 min ago
  • Titan Gilroy is bringing the #MadeinAmerica message to @MAVTV this fall: http://t.co/9hLE5Hko72 21 hours 20 min ago
  • Back to School Shopping? Be sure to check out our #MadeinYourCity Back to School Guide: http://t.co/daOUtQmAqK 1 day 18 hours ago