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Visclosky: Shutdown gives foreign nations free reign to violate trade laws

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The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on the state of the domestic steel industry.

But the government shutdown forced that hearing’s cancellation.

To the consternation of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st.

Visclosky issued this statement following the hearing’s cancellation: “The cancellation of today’s hearing is just one example of how this government shutdown adversely impacts our economy and costs American jobs. It is unfortunate that the U.S. International Trade Commission has ceased their investigative activities as a result of this shutdown. This has given foreign nations and companies free reign to continue to violate our trade laws and jeopardize the livelihood of American workers. We need to restore our government operations and lead with courage. I urge the House of Representatives leadership to reopen our government.”

Visclosky’s office cites several threats to the domestic steel industry: “The loopholes in Buy America protections have prevented the use of American steel on infrastructure projects,” while “illegally-subsidized imports from foreign nations that devalue their currencies continue to flood the market.”

Visclosky serves as vice chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of 100 members of Congress who represent districts with steel manufacturers or have a strong interest in the vitality of the American steel industry.

To read the shutdown notice issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission, visit



Posted 10/4/2013